[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

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Contemporary Examples of acknowledgment

Historical Examples of acknowledgment

  • If Robert possessed his acknowledgment he would have no defense to make.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • And, in your turn, you will now have to pardon me, for I have an acknowledgment to make to you.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Had she said, 'the Son of Abraham,' she had not come home to this acknowledgment.

  • Giving him a dark glance in acknowledgment of his answer, Rigaud knocked loudly.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • It is doubtful if there was any shame in him at the acknowledgment.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for acknowledgment




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 acknowledgment

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper