[ ak-nol-ij-muh nt ]
/ ækˈnɒl ɪdʒ mənt /


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.

Words nearby acknowledgment

Also especially British, ac·knowl·edge·ment.

Origin of acknowledgment

First recorded in 1585–95; acknowledge + -ment

OTHER WORDS FROM acknowledgment

pre·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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for acknowledgment



/ (əkˈnɒlɪdʒmənt) /


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
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