from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of recognizing or condition of being recognized.
- n. An awareness that something perceived has been perceived before.
- n. An acceptance as true or valid, as of a claim: a recognition of their civil rights.
- n. Attention or favorable notice: She received recognition for her many achievements.
- n. Official acceptance of the national status of a new government by another nation.
- n. Biology The ability of one molecule to attach itself to another molecule having a complementary shape, as in enzyme-substrate and antibody-antigen interactions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the act of recognizing or the condition of being recognized
- n. an awareness that something observed has been observed before
- n. acceptance as valid or true
- n. official acceptance of the status of a new government by that of another country
- n. honour, favourable note, or attention
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of recognizing, or the state of being recognized; acknowledgment; formal avowal; knowledge confessed or avowed; notice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of recognizing; a knowing again; consciousness that a given object is identical with an object previously cognized.
- n. A formal avowal of knowledge and approval or sanction; acknowledgment: as, the recognition of one government by another as an independent sovereignty or as a belligerent.
- n. Cognizance; notice taken; acceptance.
- n. In Scots law, the recovery of lands by the proprietor when they fall to him by the fault of the vassal; or, generally, any return of the feu to the superior, by whatever ground of eviction.
- n. A repeated cognition.
- n. This time minus the time required for the simple reaction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged
- n. an acceptance (as of a claim) as true and valid
- n. (biology) the ability of one molecule to attach to another molecule that has a complementary shape
- n. the explicit and formal acknowledgement of a government or of the national independence of a country
- n. coming to understand something clearly and distinctly
- n. approval
- n. designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body
- n. the process of recognizing something or someone by remembering
Middle English recognicion, knowledge of an event, from Old French recognition, from Latin recognitiō, recognitiōn-, act of recognizing, from recognitus, past participle of recognōscere, to recognize; see recognize.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin recognitionem (accusative of recognitio), from stem recognit, past participle of recognoscere. (Wiktionary)