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Verb: acknowledge  ik'nó-lij or uk'nó-lij or ak'nó-lij or uk'nó-lij
  1. Declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of
    "She acknowledged that she might have forgotten";
    - admit
     
  2. Report the receipt of
    "The program committee acknowledged the submission of the authors of the paper";
    - receipt
     
  3. Express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with
    "She acknowledged his compliment with a smile"; "it is important to acknowledge the work of others in one's own writing"; "He never acknowledges his colleagues when they run into him in the hallway";
    - notice
     
  4. Express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for
    "We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us";
    - recognize, recognise [Brit]
     
  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";
    - recognize, recognise [Brit], know

Derived forms: acknowledged, acknowledging, acknowledges

Type of: accept, adjudge, communicate, declare, give thanks, hold, pass, pass along, pass on, put across, react, reply, respond, thank

Encyclopedia: Acknowledge