- to identify as something or someone previously seen, known, etc.: He had changed so much that one could scarcely recognize him.
- to identify from knowledge of appearance or characteristics: I recognized him from the description. They recognized him as a fraud.
- to perceive as existing or true; realize: to be the first to recognize a fact.
- to acknowledge as the person entitled to speak at a particular time: The Speaker recognized the congressman from Maine.
- to acknowledge formally as entitled to treatment as a political unit: The United States promptly recognized Israel.
- to acknowledge or accept formally a specified factual or legal situation: to recognize a successful revolutionary regime as the de facto government of the country.
- to acknowledge or treat as valid: to recognize a claim.
- to acknowledge acquaintance with, as by a greeting, handshake, etc.
- to show appreciation of (achievement, service, merit, etc.), as by some reward, public honor, or the like.
- Law. to acknowledge (an illegitimate child) as one's own.
- Biochemistry, Immunology. to bind with, cleave, or otherwise react to (another substance) as a result of fitting its molecular shape or a portion of its shape.
Origin of recognize
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Examples from the Web for recognized
Security officials told Agence France-Presse that the gas station manager said he had recognized the two men.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
Prado was the first name I recognized here since I used to live a few blocks from the Prado museum in Madrid when I was 20.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
Even on the Israeli side some have recognized the similarities.Arabs Are the Michael Browns of Israel
December 3, 2014
They will also oppose any attempts to hunt grizzlies in their recognized ancestral homelands.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
“I recognized Dave Schultz as my protector,”' du Pont said in the March interview.Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer
November 18, 2014
Andrew, thrilling with horror, recognized one as a sawed-off shotgun.Way of the Lawless
He is pretty well known, and perhaps the picture will be recognized.
They recognized the humor hidden in the answer, and enjoyed it.
Mrs. Roberts recognized the bonnet and cape with a smile of satisfaction.
I am not sure that Policeman Duffer would have recognized him.
- to perceive (a person, creature, or thing) to be the same as or belong to the same class as something previously seen or known; know again
- to accept or be aware of (a fact, duty, problem, etc)to recognize necessity
- to give formal acknowledgment of the status or legality of (a government, an accredited representative, etc)
- mainly US and Canadian to grant (a person) the right to speak in a deliberative body, debate, etc
- to give a token of thanks for (a service rendered, etc)
- to make formal acknowledgment of (a claim, etc)
- to show approval or appreciation of (something good or pleasing)
- to acknowledge or greet (a person), as when meeting by chance
- (intr) mainly US to enter into a recognizance
Word Origin and History for recognized
early 15c., "resume possession of land," back-formation from recognizance, or else from Old French reconoiss-, stem of reconoistre "to know again, identify, recognize," from Latin recognoscere "acknowledge, recall to mind, know again; examine; certify," from re- "again" (see re-) + cognoscere "know" (see cognizance). Meaning "know again, recall or recover the knowledge of, perceive an identity with something formerly known or felt" first recorded 1530s. Related: Recognized; recognizing.