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[ag-nahyz, ag-nahyz]
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verb (used with object), ag·nized, ag·niz·ing. Archaic.
  1. to recognize; acknowledge; own.
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Also especially British, ag·nise.

Origin of agnize

1525–35; < Latin agn(ōscere) to recognize (a(d)- ad- + (g)nōscere to come to know, equivalent to gnō- know + -scere -esce) + -ize, modeled on cognize, recognize
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