- to admit to be real or true; recognize the existence, truth, or fact of: to acknowledge one's mistakes.
- to show or express recognition or realization of: to acknowledge an acquaintance by nodding.
- to recognize the authority, validity, or claims of: The students acknowledged the authority of the student council.
- to show or express appreciation or gratitude for: to acknowledge a favor.
- to indicate or make known the receipt of: to acknowledge a letter.
- to take notice of or reply to: to acknowledge a greeting.
- Law. to confirm as binding or of legal force: to acknowledge a deed.
Origin of acknowledge
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Examples from the Web for acknowledge
Every once in a while, they act swiftly and acknowledge the problem.Today’s GOP: Still Cool With Racist Pandering?
January 7, 2015
You have to acknowledge your age and position in life, for me quite a lot of those emotionally fueled songs were hormone songs.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
Interviews in Serial (including ones from Adnan) do acknowledge that Jay was known as a resident bad boy at Woodlawn High School.The Deal With Serial’s Jay? He’s Pissed Off, Mucks Up Our Timeline
December 31, 2014
All seem to acknowledge that sexual assault is a serious problem that requires campus-wide education.Fraternities in a Post-UVA World
December 12, 2014
Paudert is sure to acknowledge that sovereign citizens have the same rights as all Americans and that they are not all dangerous.Sovereign Citizens Are America’s Top Cop-Killers
November 25, 2014
Things looked unpromising, he couldn't but acknowledge, for his young client.Brave and Bold
I acknowledge my obligations to the masses of my countrymen, and to them alone.
Let me acknowledge that there was much need of self-persuasion to arrive at this conclusion.
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your two letters, dated 23d and 25th inst.
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your favours of the 22d and 29th ult.
- (may take a clause as object) to recognize or admit the existence, truth, or reality of
- to indicate recognition or awareness of, as by a greeting, glance, etc
- to express appreciation or thanks forto acknowledge a gift
- to make the receipt of known to the senderto acknowledge a letter
- to recognize, esp in legal form, the authority, rights, or claims of
Word Origin and History for acknowledge
1550s, a blend of Middle English aknow (from Old English oncnawan "understand," from on + cnawan "recognize;" see know) and Middle English knowlechen "admit, acknowledge" (c.1200; see knowledge). In the merger, a parasitic -c- slipped in, so that while the kn- became a simple "n" sound (as in know), the -c- stepped up to preserve, in this word, the ancient "kn-" sound. Related: Acknowledged; acknowledging.