- 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 unrecognized
Sykes suspects that the hairs come from either an unrecognized bear species, or an unknown hybrid of polar bear and brown bear.Sorry Bigfoot Truthers: Yetis Aren’t Real
July 3, 2014
Another crucial difference is that the Veneto vote is non-binding, because it is unrecognized by the central government in Rome.Putin TV Wants You to Think Italy Is a Bigger Story Than Crimea
March 18, 2014
The Prawer-Begin bill implies that the Bedouins in these unrecognized villages are squatters.Jewish Groups, American Rabbis Call on Israel to Withdraw Bedouin Displacement Plan
November 19, 2013
Unrecognized religious groups cannot send chaplains to prisons or hospitals.In Italy, Religious Minorities Struggle (Vainly) for Official Recognition
November 14, 2013
A new biography by A. Scott Berg makes the case for Woodrow Wilson as an unrecognized great American president.A Noble Failure: Woodrow Wilson’s Presidency Considered
September 8, 2013
Her broad back had been unrecognized by the herald, careless in her haste.Meadow Grass
She could follow the Ford girl, unknown, unrecognized, while he himself could not.The Film of Fear
What signified it that I was poor and ragged—unknown, unrecognized—if she were to be the gainer?A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
They were unrecognized, and they enjoyed themselves like children.The Traitors
E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
I must have seen her, and yet I do not think I could have passed her by unrecognized.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- not recognized or identifiedhitherto unrecognized planets
- not given formal acknowledgment of legal statusthe unrecognized Communist Workers' Party
- 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 unrecognized
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.