- widely recognized; generally accepted: an acknowledged authority on Chinese art.
Origin of acknowledged
- 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 acknowledged
Earlier in the segment, host Chuck Todd had asked him if he understood and acknowledged that black people have a fear of police.Memo to Cops: Criticisms Aren’t Attacks
December 28, 2014
He acknowledged the theories but his voice lacked conviction.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Many supporters came out to support his position, and he acknowledged them.Prof: MIT Hospitalized Me For Ferguson Tweets
December 11, 2014
Cogan has since apologized for using the term and acknowledged she was wrong about the story.What the U-VA Rape Case Tells Us About a Victim Culture Gone Mad
December 6, 2014
“That number has bounced around a bit,” Austin acknowledged.ISIS Has 9,000 ‘Core Fighters.’ Or Maybe 17,000. Or Possibly 30,000.
November 6, 2014
The inestimable value of our Federal Union is felt and acknowledged by all.
You have acknowledged, that he has nothing to boast of from them.
It is all fair: because you have not acknowledged to me that little.
Few men hold such a position in their own lifetime, and have it so acknowledged.De Profundis
I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
- (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 acknowledged
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.