acknowledge

[[t]æknɒ̱lɪʤ[/t]]
♦♦♦
acknowledges, acknowledging, acknowledged
1) VERB If you acknowledge a fact or a situation, you accept or admit that it is true or that it exists. [FORMAL]

[V that] Naylor acknowledged, in a letter to the judge, that he was a drug addict...

[V n] Belatedly, the government has acknowledged the problem...

[V-ed] There is an acknowledged risk of lung cancer from radon. [Also V n to-inf, V n as n/adj]

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2) VERB If someone's achievements, status, or qualities are acknowledged, they are known about and recognized by a lot of people, or by a particular group of people.

[be V-ed as n] He is also acknowledged as an excellent goal-keeper...

[V n] Some of the clergy refused to acknowledge the new king's legitimacy. [Also V n to-inf]

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3) VERB If you acknowledge a message or letter, you write to the person who sent it in order to say that you have received it.

[V n] The army sent me a postcard acknowledging my request.

4) VERB If you acknowledge someone, for example by moving your head or smiling, you show that you have seen and recognized them.

[V n] He saw her but refused to even acknowledge her.

5) VERB If you acknowledge someone's applause, compliments, or kindness you make a gesture in order to thank them or show your appreciation.

[V n] Doran stuck his head out of the window to acknowledge the cheering...

[V n] She never even acknowledged the man who opened the door for her...

[V n with n] He acknowledged the applause with a small bow.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • acknowledge — (v.) 1550s, a blend of Middle English aknow (from O.E. oncnawan understand, from on + cnawan recognize; see KNOW (Cf. know)) and Middle English knowlechen admit, acknowledge (c.1200; see KNOWLEDGE (Cf. knowledge)). In the merger, a parasitic c… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • acknowledge — ac|knowl|edge W3S3 [əkˈnɔlıdʒ US ˈna: ] v [T] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(admit)¦ 2¦(recognize something s importance)¦ 3¦(accept somebody s authority)¦ 4¦(thank)¦ 5¦(show you notice somebody)¦ 6¦(say you have received something)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1400 1500; Origin …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • acknowledge — acknowledgeable, adj. acknowledger, n. /ak nol ij/, v.t., acknowledged, acknowledging. 1. to admit to be real or true; recognize the existence, truth, or fact of: to acknowledge one s mistakes. 2. to show or express recognition or realization of …   Universalium

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