American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To know to be something that has been perceived before: recognize a face.
- v. To know or identify from past experience or knowledge: recognize hostility.
- v. To perceive or show acceptance of the validity or reality of: recognizes the concerns of the tenants.
- v. To permit to address a meeting: The club's president recognized the new member.
- v. To accept officially the national status of as a new government.
- v. To show awareness of; approve of or appreciate: recognize services rendered.
- v. To admit the acquaintance of, as by salutation: recognize an old friend with a cheerful greeting.
- v. Law To enter into a recognizance.
- v. Biology To exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate, for example).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To know (the object) again; recall or recover the knowledge of; perceive the identity of with something formerly known or in the mind.
- To avow or admit a knowledge of, with approval or sanction; acknowledge or accept formally: as, to recognize one as ambassador; to recognize a government as an independent sovereignty or as a belligerent.
- To indicate one's acquaintance with (a person) by a salute: as, to pass one without recognizing him.
- To indicate appreciation of: as, to recognize merit.
- To review; reëxamine; take cognizance of anew.
- To acknowledge; admit or confess as an obligation or duty.
- =Syn. 2–4. Recognize, Acknowledge. The essential difference between these words lies in the difference between letting in to one's own knowledge (recognize) and letting out to other people's knowledge (acknowledge). Hence the opposite of recognize is disown or some kindred word; that of acknowledge is conceal or deny. To recognize an obligation and to acknowledge an obligation differ precisely in this way. The preacher may be able to make a man recognize, even if he cannot make him acknowledge his need of moral improvement. See acknowledge.
- In law, to enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal: as, A. B. recognized in the sum of twenty dollars. Also spelled recognise.
- To cognize again.
- v. transitive To match something or someone which one currently perceives to a memory of some previous encounter with the same entity.
- v. transitive To acknowledge the existence or legality of something; treat as worthy of consideration or valid.
- v. transitive To acknowledge or consider as something.
- v. transitive To realise or discover the nature of something; apprehend quality in; realise or admit that.
- v. transitive To give an award.
- v. To cognize again.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To know again; to perceive the identity of, with a person or thing previously known; to recover or recall knowledge of.
- v. To avow knowledge of; to allow that one knows; to consent to admit, hold, or the like; to admit with a formal acknowledgment
- v. To acknowledge acquaintance with, as by salutation, bowing, or the like.
- v. To show appreciation of.
- v. obsolete To review; to reëxamine.
- v. obsolete To reconnoiter.
- v. (Law) To enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal.
- v. show approval or appreciation of
- v. express greetings upon meeting someone
- v. be fully aware or cognizant of
- v. perceive to be the same
- v. exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate)
- v. express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for
- v. detect with the senses
- v. grant credentials to
- v. accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
- From re- + cognize (Wiktionary)
- Middle English recognisen, to resume possession of land, alteration (influenced by Medieval Latin recognizāre, to recognize) of Old French reconoistre, reconoiss-, to know again, from Latin recognōscere : re-, re- + cognōscere, to get to knows. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I think that the important thing to recognize is that both sides of the political spectrum are primarily bound together by a sense of moral superiority over the other.”
“I think what you need to recognize is that we (and I only speak for the ones with pure souls like Visitor Again), are trying to achieve a higher state of reason and knowledge in our society.”
“And they are definitely not on your list – which has names I recognize from the magazines, but brands I have never tried.”
“You won't find anything on that menu you recognize from the Indian restaurants in the East Village, the staff can help you with selections if you're overwhelmed as we were.”
“What we need to recognize is there are a lot of things that we agree upon," Boustany told CNN's Fredericka Whitfield.”
“Most important to recognize is that fighting about the price of content has disguised the real issue, which is about how much viewers value the content and the resulting effect on advertising prices.”
“It is abstract; she used her big, fat paint pens, and the bright colours somehow melded together to emulate, almost perfectly, a pattern I recognize from a tie-dyed sarong I wore on the beach in Dahab.”
“And does McCain recognize the "common sense limitations" on anything!!!”
“We have to recognize is that although personal computers have become much easier to use over the three decades of their existence, they have never evolved to the point when the great majority of people who use them feel truly comfortable with them.”
“What Eli fails to recognize is that this inefficiency represents an opportunity for those who can figure out how to reduce it.”
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