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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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  • Was the desire to avenge her modesty goaded by some other unacknowledged desire?

    King Candaules Thophile Gautier
  • Pope could not resist the charm of his unacknowledged master.

    The Critics Versus Shakspere Francis A. Smith
  • It was no less than submitting to an unacknowledged slavery.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • For many years, he bore about with him the consciousness of unacknowledged talent.

    Paul and Virginia Bernardin de Saint Pierre
  • unacknowledged, the shadow of Ira Baldwin fell across her wonder.

  • His senses called to the unknown and unacknowledged sense in her.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • His most dreadful and unacknowledged fear was for the moment relieved.

    The Woman from Outside Hulbert Footner
  • unacknowledged, each kept for himself a pain which the other could not heal.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
  • They do not take favors and attentions as a matter of course and unacknowledged.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for unacknowledged


not having been acknowledged or recognized: unacknowledged legislators of the world
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