- to admit to be real or true; recognize the existence, truth, or fact of: to acknowledge one's mistakes.
- to show or express recognition or realization of: to acknowledge an acquaintance by nodding.
- to recognize the authority, validity, or claims of: The students acknowledged the authority of the student council.
- to show or express appreciation or gratitude for: to acknowledge a favor.
- to indicate or make known the receipt of: to acknowledge a letter.
- to take notice of or reply to: to acknowledge a greeting.
- Law. to confirm as binding or of legal force: to acknowledge a deed.
Origin of acknowledge
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Examples from the Web for acknowledges
Much like Jamie, he acknowledges—but will not capitulate to—the circumscribed world they create.This Week’s Hot Reads: December 22, 2014
December 22, 2014
She acknowledges that someone helped Seda get to Hamzat in Syria, although Leila declines to say if it was friend or a relative.The Secret Life of an ISIS Warlord
Will Cathcart, Vazha Tavberidze, Nino Burchuladze
October 27, 2014
Michael Rosen, executive vice president of communications at Autism Speaks, acknowledges that no one on the board has autism.“Autism Speaks”- but Should Everyone Listen?
June 13, 2014
Sclove was, at the absolute least, ambivalent; even Kopin acknowledges that.Exclusive: Brown University Student Speaks Out on What It’s Like to Be Accused of Rape
June 8, 2014
Rudy acknowledges there are no easy answers nor perfect endings.One Breakdown Can Mean Losing Your Kid Forever
May 30, 2014
He acknowledges his folly for having ever spoken lightly of matrimony.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Later on, too, he intervenes in France and acknowledges the legitimacy of the Republic.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The Israelite Issa acknowledges the crime of which he is accused.The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ
It also acknowledges that many differences of kind are resolvable into differences of degree.Sophist
Simmias acknowledges that there is cowardice in not probing truth to the bottom.Phaedo
- (may take a clause as object) to recognize or admit the existence, truth, or reality of
- to indicate recognition or awareness of, as by a greeting, glance, etc
- to express appreciation or thanks forto acknowledge a gift
- to make the receipt of known to the senderto acknowledge a letter
- to recognize, esp in legal form, the authority, rights, or claims of
Word Origin and History for acknowledges
1550s, a blend of Middle English aknow (from Old English oncnawan "understand," from on + cnawan "recognize;" see know) and Middle English knowlechen "admit, acknowledge" (c.1200; see knowledge). In the merger, a parasitic -c- slipped in, so that while the kn- became a simple "n" sound (as in know), the -c- stepped up to preserve, in this word, the ancient "kn-" sound. Related: Acknowledged; acknowledging.