Definitions for acknowledgeækˈnɒl ɪdʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ac•knowl•edge*ækˈnɒl ɪdʒ(v.t.)-edged, -edg•ing.

  1. to admit to be real or true; recognize the existence, truth, or fact of.

  2. to show or express recognition or realization of:

    to acknowledge applause by nodding.

  3. to recognize the authority, validity, or claims of.

  4. to show or express appreciation or gratitude for:

    to acknowledge a favor.

  5. to indicate or make known the receipt of, as with a reply:

    to acknowledge a letter.

  6. Law. to confirm as binding or of legal force.

    Category: Law

* Syn: acknowledge , admit , confess agree in the idea of declaring something to be true. acknowledge implies making a statement reluctantly, often about something previously doubted or denied: to acknowledge one's mistakes.admit esp. implies acknowledging under pressure: to admit a charge.confess usu. means stating somewhat formally an admission of wrongdoing or shortcoming: to confess guilt; to confess an inability to understand.

Origin of acknowledge:

1475–85; acknowleche, prob. b. ME aknou(en) to recognize and knoulecheknowledge

ac•knowl′edg•er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. admit, acknowledge(verb)

    declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of

    "He admitted his errors"; "She acknowledged that she might have forgotten"

  2. acknowledge, receipt(verb)

    report the receipt of

    "The program committee acknowledged the submission of the authors of the paper"

  3. notice, acknowledge(verb)

    express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with

    "He never acknowledges his colleagues when they run into him in the hallway"; "She acknowledged his complement with a smile"; "it is important to acknowledge the work of others in one's own writing"

  4. acknowledge, recognize, recognise(verb)

    express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for

    "We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us"

  5. acknowledge(verb)

    accept as legally binding and valid

    "acknowledge the deed"

  6. acknowledge, recognize, recognise, know(verb)

    accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority

    "The Crown Prince was acknowledged as the true heir to the throne"; "We do not recognize your gods"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. acknowledge(verb)ækˈnɒl ɪdʒ

    to admit sth to yourself or others

    She refuses to acknowledge the truth.; They acknowledged that mistakes had been made.

  2. acknowledgeækˈnɒl ɪdʒ

    to show that you see or recognize sb

    He acknowledged me with a nod.

  3. acknowledgeækˈnɒl ɪdʒ

    to respond to a letter, email etc. that has been received

    I acknowledge receipt of the documents.

Wiktionary

  1. acknowledge(Verb)

    To admit the knowledge of; to recognize as a fact or truth; to declare one's belief in; as, to acknowledge the being of a God.

  2. acknowledge(Verb)

    To own or recognize in a particular quality, character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to.

  3. acknowledge(Verb)

    To own with gratitude or as a benefit or an obligation; as, to acknowledge a favor.

  4. acknowledge(Verb)

    To notify receipt, as of a letter.

  5. acknowledge(Verb)

    To own as genuine or valid; to assent to, as a legal instrument, to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form; as, to acknowledge a deed.

  6. Origin: Recorded since 1553, a blend (with a parasitic c slipped in) of aknow (from oncnawan, itself from on with cnawan) and knowlechen. Other sources derive it from the prefix a- with a verb knowledge, and compare acknow.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acknowledge(verb)

    to of or admit the knowledge of; to recognize as a fact or truth; to declare one's belief in; as, to acknowledge the being of a God

  2. Acknowledge(verb)

    to own or recognize in a particular character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to

  3. Acknowledge(verb)

    to own with gratitude or as a benefit or an obligation; as, to acknowledge a favor, the receipt of a letter

  4. Acknowledge(verb)

    to own as genuine; to assent to, as a legal instrument, to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form; as, to acknowledgea deed

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'acknowledge' in Verbs Frequency: #453


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

acknowledge(verb)

to admit as being fact

He acknowledged defeat; He acknowledged that I was right.

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