rec·og·nize /ˈrɛkɪgˌnaɪz, kəg-/
Rec·og·nize, v. i. Law To enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal; as, A B recognized in the sum of twenty dollars. [Written also recognise.]
Note: ☞ In legal usage in the United States the second syllable is often accented.
Rec·og·nize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recognized p. pr. & vb. n. Recognizing ] [Written also recognise.]
1. To know again; to perceive the identity of, with a person or thing previously known; to recover or recall knowledge of.
Speak, vassal; recognize thy sovereign queen. --Harte.
2. To avow knowledge of; to allow that one knows; to consent to admit, hold, or the like; to admit with a formal acknowledgment; as, to recognize an obligation; to recognize a consul.
3. To acknowledge acquaintance with, as by salutation, bowing, or the like.
4. To show appreciation of; as, to recognize services by a testimonial.
5. To review; to reexamine. [Obs.]
6. To reconnoiter. [Obs.]
Syn: -- To acknowledge; avow; confess; own; allow; concede. See Acknowledge.
v 1: 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: acknowledge, recognise, know]
2: be fully aware or cognizant of [syn: recognise, realize,
realise, agnize, agnise]
3: detect with the senses; "The fleeing convicts were picked
out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards"; "I
can't make out the faces in this photograph" [syn: recognise,
distinguish, discern, pick out, make out, tell
4: perceive to be the same [syn: recognise]
5: grant credentials to; "The Regents officially recognized the
new educational institution"; "recognize an academic
degree" [syn: accredit, recognise]
6: express greetings upon meeting someone [syn: greet, recognise]
7: express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for; "We must
acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us" [syn: acknowledge,
8: exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate)
9: show approval or appreciation of; "My work is not recognized
by anybody!"; "The best student was recognized by the
Dean" [syn: recognise]