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[ak-nol-ij-muh nt] /ækˈnɒl ɪdʒ mənt/
an act of acknowledging.
recognition of the existence or truth of something:
the acknowledgment of a sovereign power.
an expression of appreciation.
a thing done or given in appreciation or gratitude.
  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
First recorded in 1585-95; acknowledge + -ment
Related forms
preacknowledgement, noun
preacknowledgment, noun
reacknowledgment, noun
superacknowledgment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If Robert possessed his acknowledgment he would have no defense to make.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • And, in your turn, you will now have to pardon me, for I have an acknowledgment to make to you.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Had she said, 'the Son of Abraham,' she had not come home to this acknowledgment.

  • Giving him a dark glance in acknowledgment of his answer, Rigaud knocked loudly.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • It is doubtful if there was any shame in him at the acknowledgment.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for acknowledgment


the act of acknowledging or state of being acknowledged
something done or given as an expression of thanks, as a reply to a message, etc
(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
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Word Origin and History for acknowledgment

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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