recognize

[ rek-uhg-nahyz ]
/ ˈrɛk əgˌnaɪz /

verb (used with object), rec·og·nized, rec·og·niz·ing.

Also especially British, rec·og·nise.

Origin of recognize

1425–75; recogn(ition) + -ize; replacing late Middle English racunnysen, recognisen < Old French reconuiss-, stem of reconuistre < Latin recognōscere, equivalent to re- re- + cognōscere to know1; see cognition

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for unrecognizable (1 of 2)

unrecognizable

unrecognisable

/ (ʌnˈrɛkəɡˌnaɪzəbəl) /

adjective

not able to be recognized or identifiedtiny unrecognizable fragments

British Dictionary definitions for unrecognizable (2 of 2)

recognize

recognise

/ (ˈrɛkəɡˌnaɪz) /

verb (tr)

Derived Forms

recognizable or recognisable, adjectiverecognizability or recognisability, nounrecognizably or recognisably, adverbrecognizer or recogniser, noun

Word Origin for recognize

C15: from Latin recognoscere to know again, from re- + cognoscere to know, ascertain
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