[ ak-nol-ij-muhnt ]
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  1. an act of acknowledging.

  2. recognition of the existence or truth of something: the acknowledgment of a sovereign power.

  1. an expression of appreciation.

  2. a thing done or given in appreciation or gratitude.

  3. Law.

    • a declaration before an official that one has executed a particular legal document.

    • an official certificate of a formal acknowledging.

    • public recognition by a man of an illegitimate child as his own.

Origin of acknowledgment

First recorded in 1585–95; acknowledge + -ment
  • Also especially British, ac·knowl·edge·ment .

Other words from acknowledgment

  • pre·ac·knowl·edge·ment, noun
  • pre·ac·knowl·edg·ment, noun
  • re·ac·knowl·edg·ment, noun
  • su·per·ac·knowl·edg·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use acknowledgment in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for acknowledgment



/ (əkˈnɒlɪdʒmənt) /

  1. the act of acknowledging or state of being acknowledged

  2. something done or given as an expression of thanks, as a reply to a message, etc

  1. (plural) an author's statement acknowledging his use of the works of other authors, usually printed at the front of a book

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