Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

acknowledgment

[ak-nol-ij-muh nt] /ækˈnɒl ɪdʒ mənt/
noun
1.
an act of acknowledging.
2.
recognition of the existence or truth of something:
the acknowledgment of a sovereign power.
3.
an expression of appreciation.
4.
a thing done or given in appreciation or gratitude.
5.
Law.
  1. a declaration before an official that one has executed a particular legal document.
  2. an official certificate of a formal acknowledging.
  3. public recognition by a man of an illegitimate child as his own.
Also, especially British, acknowledgement.
Origin of acknowledgment
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; acknowledge + -ment
Related forms
preacknowledgement, noun
preacknowledgment, noun
reacknowledgment, noun
superacknowledgment, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for acknowledgement
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • On 31 May followed a reply full of kindliness and acknowledgement.

  • Dark sent out a call to Cheng and received an acknowledgement.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • The robot clicked its acknowledgement and moved on to the next table.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • Walter bowed in acknowledgement of the compliment, but did not speak.

    The Boy Crusaders John G. Edgar
  • Silence, and a starting tear, were her only acknowledgement.

    Frank Mildmay Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for acknowledgement

acknowledgment

/əkˈnɒlɪdʒmənt/
noun
1.
the act of acknowledging or state of being acknowledged
2.
something done or given as an expression of thanks, as a reply to a message, etc
3.
(pl) an author's statement acknowledging his use of the works of other authors, usually printed at the front of a book
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for acknowledgement
n.

1590s, "act of acknowledging," from acknowledge + -ment. "An early instance of -ment added to an orig. Eng. vb." [OED]. Meaning "token of due recognition" is recorded from 1610s.

acknowledgment

n.

alternative form of acknowledgement. OED deems it "a spelling more in accordance with Eng. values of letters."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for acknowledgement

Word Value for acknowledgement

28
34
Scrabble Words With Friends