[ak-nol-ij-muh nt]


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, ac·knowl·edge·ment.

Origin of acknowledgment

First recorded in 1585–95; acknowledge + -ment
Related formspre·ac·knowl·edge·ment, nounpre·ac·knowl·edg·ment, nounre·ac·knowl·edg·ment, nounsu·per·ac·knowl·edg·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for acknowledgement

Contemporary Examples of acknowledgement

Historical Examples of acknowledgement

  • 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




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
(plural) 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

Word Origin and History for acknowledgement

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.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper