Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of recognizing or condition of being recognized.
  • noun An awareness that something perceived has been perceived before.
  • noun An acceptance as true or valid, as of a claim.
  • noun Attention or favorable notice.
  • noun Official acceptance of the national status of a new government by another nation.
  • noun 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 The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A repeated cognition.
  • noun This time minus the time required for the simple reaction.
  • noun The act of recognizing; a knowing again; consciousness that a given object is identical with an object previously cognized.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Cognizance; notice taken; acceptance.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of recognizing, or the state of being recognized; acknowledgment; formal avowal; knowledge confessed or avowed; notice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the act of recognizing or the condition of being recognized
  • noun an awareness that something observed has been observed before
  • noun acceptance as valid or true
  • noun official acceptance of the status of a new government by that of another country
  • noun honour, favourable note, or attention

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged
  • noun an acceptance (as of a claim) as true and valid
  • noun (biology) the ability of one molecule to attach to another molecule that has a complementary shape
  • noun the explicit and formal acknowledgement of a government or of the national independence of a country
  • noun coming to understand something clearly and distinctly
  • noun approval
  • noun designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body
  • noun the process of recognizing something or someone by remembering

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin recognitionem (accusative of recognitio), from stem recognit, past participle of recognoscere.

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