Verb acknowledge Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


acknowledge (third-person singular simple present acknowledges, present participle acknowledging, simple past and past participle acknowledged)

  1. (transitive) To admit the knowledge of; to recognize as a fact or truth; to declare one's belief in
  2. To own or recognize in a particular quality, character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to.
  3. To be grateful of (e.g. a benefit or an favour)
  4. To notify receipt, as of a letter.
  5. To own as genuine or valid; to assent to (a legal instrument) to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form.

More definition: admit to be real or true; recognize the existence, truth, or fact of, to acknowledge one's mistakes. show or express recognition or realization of, to acknowledge an acquaintance by nodding. recognize the authority, validity, or claims of, The students acknowledged the authority of the student council. show or express appreciation or gratitude for, to acknowledge a favor. indicate or make known the receipt of, to acknowledge a letter. take notice of or reply to, to acknowledge a greeting.

7.Law. to confirm as binding or of legal force, to acknowledge a deed.

1. (may take a clause as object) to recognize or admit the existence, truth, or reality of

2. to indicate recognition or awareness of, as by a greeting, glance, etc

3. to express appreciation or thanks for, to acknowledge a gift

4. to make the receipt of known to the sender, to acknowledge a letter

5. to recognize, esp in legal form, the authority, rights, or claims of Derived Formsacknowledgeable, adjectiveacknowledger, noun Word OriginC15, probably from earlier knowledge, on the model of Old English oncnāwan, Middle English aknowen to confess, recognizeCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1550s, a blend of Middle English aknow (from Old English oncnawan "understand," from on + cnawan "recognize;" see know) and Middle English knowlechen "admit, acknowledge" (c.1200; see knowledge). In the merger, a parasitic -c- slipped in, so that while the kn- became a simple "n" sound (as in know), the -c- stepped up to preserve, in this word, the ancient "kn-" sound. Related, Acknowledged; acknowledging.


His thumb jerked back to acknowledge Nick for the first time.

The mistake had been made and she had no choice but to acknowledge it and get on with her life.

He failed to acknowledge my departure as I returned to our room.

The other vamps didn't so much as acknowledge her as she stepped from the car.

An instinct wriggled, one she didn't want to acknowledge or deal with.

Were you afraid I was too much of a prude to acknowledge him?

It wasn't normal for them to acknowledge her existence, let alone address her.

Kris looked at each of the brothers then back at him, as if forced to acknowledge what—or who—had compelled them back.

She barely turned to acknowledge him.

He seemed uncomfortable without the usual casket before him but was quite skillful in referring to Jeffrey Byrne's present status in sufficiently ambiguous terms as to not quite acknowledge Byrne was dead.

Memon did not acknowledge his son or his words.

Jessi didn't acknowledge him at all.

He invited the Venetians to give him an escort to Constantinople, which they did, and also to acknowledge themselves subjects of the empire.

The problems were acknowledged openly.

But we keep on trying because we know that others have succeeded, and we are not willing to acknowledge defeat.

Although Iogel did not acknowledge this to be the real mazurka, everyone was delighted with Denisov's skill, he was asked again and again as a partner, and the old men began smilingly to talk about Poland and the good old days.

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