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[ak-nol-ijd] /ækˈnɒl ɪdʒd/
widely recognized; generally accepted:
an acknowledged authority on Chinese art.
Origin of acknowledged
First recorded in 1760-70; acknowledge + -ed2
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[ak-nol-ijd-lee, -i-jid-] /ækˈnɒl ɪdʒd li, -ɪ dʒɪd-/ (Show IPA),
self-acknowledged, adjective
unacknowledged, adjective
well-acknowledged, adjective Unabridged
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  • From this time forth, of course, there was warfare between the secretary and the unacknowledged agent.

    Benjamin Franklin John Torrey Morse, Jr.
  • Pope could not resist the charm of his unacknowledged master.

    The Critics Versus Shakspere Francis A. Smith
  • It was his unacknowledged desire to have his wife's opinion of him repudiated that made him perpetually unfaithful to her.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
  • It was no less than submitting to an unacknowledged slavery.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • But whatever spark of the Darwinian genius was really innate in Erasmus the Less died with him unacknowledged.

    Charles Darwin Grant Allen
  • Was the desire to avenge her modesty goaded by some other unacknowledged desire?

    King Candaules Thophile Gautier
  • Both were unacknowledged illegitimate children, and were reputed to descend from the Gods.

  • unacknowledged, the shadow of Ira Baldwin fell across her wonder.

  • The strength of such traditions is often secret and unacknowledged.

    Lancashire Folk-lore John Harland
British Dictionary definitions for unacknowledged


not having been acknowledged or recognized: unacknowledged legislators of the world
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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