Definitions for recognitionˌrɛk əgˈnɪʃ ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rec•og•ni•tionˌrɛk əgˈnɪʃ ən(n.)

  1. an act of recognizing or the state of being recognized.

  2. identification of a person or thing as having previously been seen, heard, etc.

  3. perception of something as existing, true, or valid; realization or acceptance.

  4. the acknowledgment of achievement, service, merit, etc.

  5. formal acknowledgment conveying approval, sanction, or validity.

  6. an official act by which one state acknowledges the existence of another or of a new government.

    Category: Government

  7. the automated conversion of words or images into a form that can be processed by a computer.

    Category: Computers

    Ref: Compare optical character recognition.

  8. Biochem. the responsiveness of one substance to another based on the reciprocal fit of a portion of their molecular shapes.

    Category: Biochemistry, Immunology

Origin of recognition:

1425–75; recognicion (< OF) < L recognitiō

Princeton's WordNet

  1. recognition, acknowledgment, acknowledgement(noun)

    the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged

    "the partners were delighted with the recognition of their work"; "she seems to avoid much in the way of recognition or acknowledgement of feminist work prior to her own"

  2. recognition, identification(noun)

    the process of recognizing something or someone by remembering

    "a politician whose recall of names was as remarkable as his recognition of faces"; "experimental psychologists measure the elapsed time from the onset of the stimulus to its recognition by the observer"

  3. recognition, credit(noun)


    "give her recognition for trying"; "he was given credit for his work"; "give her credit for trying"

  4. realization, realisation, recognition(noun)

    coming to understand something clearly and distinctly

    "a growing realization of the risk involved"; "a sudden recognition of the problem he faced"; "increasing recognition that diabetes frequently coexists with other chronic diseases"

  5. recognition(noun)

    (biology) the ability of one molecule to attach to another molecule that has a complementary shape

    "molecular recognition drives all of biology, for instance, hormone and receptor or antibody-antigen interactions or the organization of molecules into larger biologically active entities"

  6. recognition(noun)

    the explicit and formal acknowledgement of a government or of the national independence of a country

    "territorial disputes were resolved in Guatemala's recognition of Belize in 1991"

  7. recognition(noun)

    an acceptance (as of a claim) as true and valid

    "the recognition of the Rio Grande as a boundary between Mexico and the United States"

  8. recognition(noun)

    designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body

    "he was unable to make his motion because he couldn't get recognition by the chairman"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. recognition(noun)ˌrɛk əgˈnɪʃ ən

    praise, awards, etc. given for an achievement

    the teacher's public recognition of her students' efforts; Her salary was raised in recognition of her hard work.

  2. recognitionˌrɛk əgˈnɪʃ ən

    understanding and acceptance; = acknowledgment

    his recognition that he had caused some of the problems

  3. recognitionˌrɛk əgˈnɪʃ ən

    the fact of knowing sb or sth because you have seen, heard, etc. them before

    a lack of recognition in her eyes; a voice recognition system

  4. recognitionˌrɛk əgˈnɪʃ ən

    official acceptance of a group, country, etc.

    a Native American tribe seeking official recognition by the government


  1. recognition(Noun)

    the act of recognizing or the condition of being recognized

    He looked at her for ten full minutes before recognition dawned.

  2. recognition(Noun)

    an awareness that something observed has been observed before

  3. recognition(Noun)

    acceptance as valid or true

    The law was a recognition of their civil rights.

  4. recognition(Noun)

    official acceptance of the status of a new government by that of another country

  5. recognition(Noun)

    honour, favourable note, or attention

    The charity gained plenty of recognition for its efforts, but little money.

  6. Origin: From recognitionem (accusative of recognitio), from stem recognit, past participle of recognoscere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recognition(noun)

    the act of recognizing, or the state of being recognized; acknowledgment; formal avowal; knowledge confessed or avowed; notice

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. recognition

    1. The determination by any means of the individuality of persons, or of objects such as aircraft, ships, or tanks, or of phenomena such as communications-electronics patterns. 2. In ground combat operations, the determination that an object is similar within a category of something already known; e.g., tank, truck, man.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recognition' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1753

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recognition' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3721

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recognition' in Nouns Frequency: #800

Translations for recognition

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act or state of recognizing or being recognized

They gave the boy a medal in recognition of his courage; I said hello to him but he showed no recognition.

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