ac·knowl·edge /ɪkˈnɑlɪʤ, æk-/
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ac·knowl·edge v. t. [imp. & p. p. acknowledged p. pr. & vb. n. acknowledging ]
1. To own 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.
I acknowledge my transgressions. --Ps. li. 3.
For ends generally acknowledged to be good. --Macaulay.
2. To own or recognize in a particular character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him. --Prov. iii. 6.
By my soul, I'll ne'er acknowledge thee. --Shak.
3. To own with gratitude or as a benefit or an obligation; as, to acknowledge a favor, the receipt of a letter.
They his gifts acknowledged none. --Milton.
4. To own as genuine; to assent to, as a legal instrument, to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form; as, to acknowledge a deed.
Syn: -- To avow; proclaim; recognize; own; admit; allow; concede; confess.
Usage: -- Acknowledge, Recognize. Acknowledge is opposed to keep back, or conceal, and supposes that something had been previously known to us (though perhaps not to others) which we now feel bound to lay open or make public. Thus, a man acknowledges a secret marriage; one who has done wrong acknowledges his fault; and author acknowledges his obligation to those who have aided him; we acknowledge our ignorance. Recognize supposes that we have either forgotten or not had the evidence of a thing distinctly before our minds, but that now we know it (as it were) anew, or receive and admit in on the ground of the evidence it brings. Thus, we recognize a friend after a long absence. We recognize facts, principles, truths, etc., when their evidence is brought up fresh to the mind; as, bad men usually recognize the providence of God in seasons of danger. A foreign minister, consul, or agent, of any kind, is recognized on the ground of his producing satisfactory credentials. See also Confess.
v 1: declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or
truth of; "He admitted his errors"; "She acknowledged
that she might have forgotten" [syn: admit] [ant: deny]
2: report the receipt of; "The program committee acknowledged
the submission of the authors of the paper" [syn: receipt]
3: 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" [syn:
4: express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for; "We must
acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us" [syn: recognize,
5: accept as legally binding and valid; "acknowledge the deed"
6: 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"
[syn: recognize, recognise, know]