American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To admit the existence, reality, or truth of.
- v. To recognize as being valid or having force or power.
- v. To express recognition of: acknowledge a friend's smile.
- v. To express thanks or gratitude for.
- v. To report the receipt of: acknowledge a letter.
- v. Law To accept or certify as legally binding: acknowledge a deed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To admit or profess a knowledge of; avow to be within one's knowledge or apprehension; own to be real or true; recognize the existence, truth, or fact of: as, to acknowledge God, or the existence of or belief in a God; to acknowledge the rights of a claimant.
- To express or manifest perception or appreciation of; give evidence of recognizing or realizing: as, to acknowledge an acquaintance by bowing; to acknowledge a favor or one's faults.
- To own the genuineness of; own as binding or of legal force: as, to acknowledge a deed.
- To admit or certify the receipt of; give information of the arrival of: as, to acknowledge a letter or a remittance.
- v. transitive To 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.
- v. To own or recognize in a particular quality, character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to.
- v. To own with gratitude or as a benefit or an obligation; as, to acknowledge a favor.
- v. To notify receipt, as of a letter.
- v. To own as genuine or valid; to assent to, as a legal instrument, to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form; as, to acknowledge a deed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To own or admit the knowledge of; to recognize as a fact or truth; to declare one's belief in.
- v. To own or recognize in a particular character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to.
- v. To own with gratitude or as a benefit or an obligation.
- v. To own as genuine; to assent to, as a legal instrument, to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form.
- v. express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with
- v. report the receipt of
- v. accept as legally binding and valid
- v. express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for
- v. declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of
- v. accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
- Recorded since 1553, a blend (with a parasitic c slipped in) of Middle English aknow (from Old English oncnawan ("to understand"), itself from on with cnawan ("to recognize")) and knowlechen ("to admit"). Other sources derive it from the prefix a- with a verb knowledge, and compare acknow. (Wiktionary)
- Probably blend of Middle English knowlechen, to acknowledge (from knouen, to know; see know) and Middle English aknouen, to recognize (from Old English oncnāwan, to know : on-, on; see on + cnāwan, to know; see know). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Because they are evil people who would be the first to nail Christ to the cross if he ever did try to come back. pezmiztix says: what you are failing to acknowledge is obama has done nothing but focus on pushing his ideological agenda upon the country INSTEAD off focusing on the needs of the country”
“January 23rd, 2010 at 6: 30 pm ralph the wonder llama says: pezmiztix says: what you are failing to acknowledge is obama has done nothing but focus on pushing his ideological agenda upon the country INSTEAD off focusing on the needs of the country”
“But what they refuse to acknowledge is that the Bush Administration lied about the necessity for going to war, and that they knew the things they were syaing were not true.”
“What the Mayor and all other tunnel fear-mongers refuse to acknowledge is that, according to the Attorney General, the state probably cannot even require the city to pay cost overruns.”
“Another thing they will not acknowledge is the make-up of the force arresting and deporting these criminal entrants.”
“What Goldstein fails to acknowledge is that this line has already been crossed.”
“Finally, and possibly most importantly, what Balkin fails to acknowledge is that when it comes to the law-making procedures, the Court has not historically taken a functionalist approach, but instead has adhered to a very rigorous formalist approach.”
“What you fail to mention or acknowledge is that while charter schools do need to take all comers they are free to push out students that do not conform to the program.”
“What they will not acknowledge is that the Home Office will have spent £400,000 of taxpayers 'money to make the series.”
“In my opinion, the only failure that Multiculti extremists acknowledge is the failure to implement Egalitarianism correctly, the validity of the revealed truth is beyond question.”
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