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.
- ac·knowl·edge·a·ble, adjective
- ac·knowl·edg·er, noun
- pre·ac·knowl·edge, verb (used with object), pre·ac·knowl·edged, pre·ac·knowl·edg·ing.
- re·ac·knowl·edge, verb (used with object), re·ac·knowl·edged, re·ac·knowl·edg·ing.
- un·ac·knowl·edg·ing, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use acknowledge in a sentence
For most of us, acknowledging that America has a gun violence problem is stating a fact.
The culture of solidarity for teachers as workers prevented acknowledging some teachers as more accomplished than others.
After acknowledging that there has been a “bend in the curve” and a reason to hope, he warned against inaction.
This,” Biden added, “is about acknowledging the most trusted man in journalism.Kissy-Face The Nation: Washington’s Power Elite Smooch Bob Schieffer | Lloyd Grove | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then, in acknowledging her husband, Jiang Shan: “You are a nice guy,” she says.Tennis Star Li Na Says Goodbye to the Court…and Puts the Sport’s Rise in Asia in Question | Nicholas McCarvel | September 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In conclusion, I must distress my friend J. M. Barrie (who gave me a first chance) by acknowledging my great debt to him.First Plays | A. A. Milne
They pray for mercy, acknowledging that they are justly punished for forsaking true wisdom.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Grace arose, an angry flush on her face, and barely acknowledging his greeting, turned to go.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
But to challenge reason as a judge of faith, is it not acknowledging that reason can not agree with faith?Superstition In All Ages (1732) | Jean Meslier
He carried himself with true appreciation of the incident, acknowledging more by look than by sign this courtesy.When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete | Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for acknowledge
(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 for: to acknowledge a gift
to make the receipt of known to the sender: to acknowledge a letter
to recognize, esp in legal form, the authority, rights, or claims of
- acknowledgeable, adjective
- acknowledger, noun
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