Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To recognize.
  • v. To acknowledge; confess (often with "of" or "on"), reveal, disclose, realize

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To recognize.
  • transitive v. To acknowledge; to confess.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To recognize; acknowledge; confess.

Etymologies

From Middle English aknowen, from Old English ācnāwan, oncnāwan ("to understand, know, perceive, observe, recognize, acknowledge, confess, disclose"), equivalent to a- +‎ know. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If we are really going to address this problem, then we must acknow-ledge that chance means sacrifice.

    Poll: Obama drops on health care

  • At General Motors Co., executives have openly acknow ledged they hope GM's battery-powered Chevrolet Volt, due out later this year, will have a "Prius effect" on the company.

    Toyota Plans New Prius Models

  • Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda acknow ledged over the weekend that coordinated intervention, in which other major central banks would sell the yen alongside the Bank of Japan, would be "difficult" to implement.

    Euro, Sterling Weaken

  • President Obama pledged to end the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military, but acknow ...

    Obama's HRC Speech (VIDEO): President Obama Says He Will End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

  • With acknow-ledgment of our fervour of the first instant he remains years most fainfully.

    Finnegans Wake

  • That could not be, if I were not right; and if the person were not too unworthy of you, to be acknow-edged.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • My gratitude will ever prompt me to acknow-ledge your goodness to me as a condescension.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • And is it a crime to acknow-ledge, that they are so well disposed to a worthy ob — ject?

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • You may admire at my confidence; but I thank you for the manly freedom of your acknow-ledgment in general.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • He is full of acknow-ledgments upon it; and so he ought to be.

    Sir Charles Grandison

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.