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Noun: recognition  ,re-kug'ni-shun
  1. 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";
    - acknowledgment, acknowledgement
  2. The process of recognizing something or someone by remembering
    "experimental psychologists measure the elapsed time from the onset of the stimulus to its recognition by the observer"; "a politician whose recall of names was as remarkable as his recognition of faces";
    - identification
  3. Acknowledgement, praise or respect for something, e.g. having a quality, producing something, doing something, etc.
    "give her recognition for trying";
    - credit
  4. Coming to understand something clearly and distinctly
    "a sudden recognition of the problem he faced"; "increasing recognition that diabetes frequently coexists with other chronic diseases";
    - realization, realisation [Brit]
  5. (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. 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. 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. 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"

Derived forms: recognitions

See also: acknowledged, unacknowledged

Type of: acceptance, appointment, apprehension, approval, assignment, commendation, credence, designation, diplomacy, diplomatic negotiations, discernment, memory, naming, organic phenomenon, remembering, savvy, understanding

Encyclopedia: Recognition