- an act of recognizing or the state of being recognized.
- the identification of something as having been previously seen, heard, known, etc.
- the perception of something as existing or true; realization.
- the acknowledgment of something as valid or as entitled to consideration: the recognition of a claim.
- the acknowledgment of achievement, service, merit, etc.
- the expression of this in the form of some token of appreciation: This promotion constitutes our recognition of her exceptional ability.
- formal acknowledgment conveying approval or sanction.
- acknowledgment of right to be heard or given attention: The chairman refused recognition to any delegate until order could be restored.
- International Law. an official act by which one state acknowledges the existence of another state or government, or of belligerency or insurgency.
- the automated conversion of information, as words or images, into a form that can be processed by a machine, especially a computer or computerized device.Compare optical character recognition, pattern recognition.
- Biochemistry. the responsiveness of one substance to another based on the reciprocal fit of a portion of their molecular shapes.
Origin of recognition
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Examples from the Web for recognition
In a recent interview with Britain's The Sunday Times, Sola Jimenez said all he wants is recognition.Spanish Court To Consider Paternity Claims Against Former King Juan Carlos
December 12, 2014
“It has yet to receive the recognition it deserves,” said Richardson.Revealing The Unseen Picasso
November 3, 2014
Some heads nodded in recognition of this, others look startled.New York Nurses Are the Calm in Ebola’s Storm
October 21, 2014
Is it frustrating that he hasn't had the recognition you feel he deserves?Vogue Photographer Erwin Blumenfeld: Secrets of a Fashion Legend
September 14, 2014
The increase in recognition of autism spectrum disorders in Western countries continues to confound and confuse.No, Stem Cells Don't Cause Autism
September 11, 2014
When he came, Paralus looked upon him with a smile of recognition, and said, "My father!"Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
But the recognition of his merit came sooner than could have been expected.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
After a sort of shyness in the recognition, he turns back with them.Sights from a Steeple (From "Twice Told Tales")
He told them what had happened, the meeting, the recognition.Way of the Lawless
And yet, it seems to me, this is the beginning of our recognition of the Divine.The Conquest of Fear
- the act of recognizing or fact of being recognized
- acceptance or acknowledgment of a claim, duty, fact, truth, etc
- a token of thanks or acknowledgment
- formal acknowledgment of a government or of the independence of a country
- mainly US and Canadian an instance of a chairman granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body, debate, etc
Word Origin and History for recognition
mid-15c., "knowledge of an event or incident; understanding," from Middle French recognition (15c.) and directly from Latin recognitionem (nominative recognitio) "a reviewing, investigation, examination," noun of action from past participle stem of recognoscere "to acknowledge, know again; examine" (see recognize).
Sense of "formal avowal of knowledge and approval" is from 1590s; especially acknowledgement of the independence of a country by a state formerly exercising sovereignty (1824). Meaning "a knowing again" is from 1798.
- An awareness that something perceived has been perceived before.
- The ability of one molecule to attach itself to another molecule having a complementary shape, as in enzyme-substrate interactions.
In diplomacy, the act by which one nation acknowledges that a foreign government is a legitimate government and exchanges diplomats with it. The withholding of recognition is a way for one government to show its disapproval of another.