[syn: acknowledge, recognize, recognise, know]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
acknowledge \ac*knowl"edge\ ([a^]k*n[o^]l"[e^]j), v. t. [imp. &
p. p. acknowledged ([a^]k*n[o^]l"[e^]jd); p. pr. & vb. n.
acknowledging ([a^]k*n[o^]l"[e^]j*[i^]ng).] [Prob. fr.
pref. a- + the verb knowledge. See Knowledge, and cf.
1. To own or admit the knowledge of; to recognize as a fact
or truth; to declare one's belief in; as, to acknowledge
the being of a God.
I acknowledge my transgressions. --Ps. li. 3.
For ends generally acknowledged to be good.
2. To own or recognize in a particular character or
relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give
In all thy ways acknowledge Him. --Prov. iii.
By my soul, I'll ne'er acknowledge thee. --Shak.
3. To own with gratitude or as a benefit or an obligation;
as, to acknowledge a favor, the receipt of a letter.
They his gifts acknowledged none. --Milton.
4. To own as genuine; to assent to, as a legal instrument, to
give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form; as, to
acknowledge a deed.
Syn: To avow; proclaim; recognize; own; admit; allow;
Usage: Acknowledge, Recognize. Acknowledge is opposed to
keep back, or conceal, and supposes that something had
been previously known to us (though perhaps not to
others) which we now feel bound to lay open or make
public. Thus, a man acknowledges a secret marriage;
one who has done wrong acknowledges his fault; and
author acknowledges his obligation to those who have
aided him; we acknowledge our ignorance. Recognize
supposes that we have either forgotten or not had the
evidence of a thing distinctly before our minds, but
that now we know it (as it were) anew, or receive and
admit in on the ground of the evidence it brings.
Thus, we recognize a friend after a long absence. We
recognize facts, principles, truths, etc., when their
evidence is brought up fresh to the mind; as, bad men
usually recognize the providence of God in seasons of
danger. A foreign minister, consul, or agent, of any
kind, is recognized on the ground of his producing
satisfactory credentials. See also Confess.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or
truth of; "He admitted his errors"; "She acknowledged that
she might have forgotten" [syn: admit, acknowledge]
2: report the receipt of; "The program committee acknowledged
the submission of the authors of the paper" [syn:
3: express recognition of the presence or existence of, or
acquaintance with; "He never acknowledges his colleagues when
they run into him in the hallway"; "She acknowledged his
complement with a smile"; "it is important to acknowledge the
work of others in one's own writing" [syn: notice,
4: express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for; "We must
acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us" [syn:
acknowledge, recognize, recognise]
5: accept as legally binding and valid; "acknowledge the deed"
6: accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power
and authority; "The Crown Prince was acknowledged as the true
heir to the throne"; "We do not recognize your gods" [syn:
acknowledge, recognize, recognise, know]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
137 Moby Thesaurus words for "acknowledge":
accept, account for, accredit with, accrete to, admit,
admit everything, affirm, agree, agree provisionally, allege,
allow, announce, answer, answer back, apply to, ascribe to,
assent grudgingly, asseverate, assign to, attach to, attest,
attribute to, aver, avouch, avow, bear the expense, bear witness,
blame, blame for, blame on, bless, bring home to, certify,
charge on, charge to, chip in, come back, come back at, come clean,
concede, confess, connect with, consider, cop a plea, credit,
credit with, declare, deem, defray, defray expenses, depone,
depose, disclose, divulge, echo, express general agreement,
fasten upon, father upon, finance, fix on, fix upon, flash back,
foot the bill, fund, give acknowledgment, give answer, give credit,
give evidence, give thanks, go Dutch, go along with, grant,
hang on, hold, honor a bill, impute to, lay to, let on,
make acknowledgments of, not oppose, offer thanks, open up,
out with it, own, own up, pay for, pay the bill, pay the piper,
pin on, pinpoint, place upon, plead guilty, point to, proclaim,
publish, react, receive, recognize, redeem, reecho, refer to,
rejoin, render credit, render thanks, reply, respond, retort,
return, return answer, return for answer, return thanks, reveal,
reverberate, riposte, saddle on, saddle with, say, say in reply,
set down to, settle upon, shoot back, spill, spill it, spit it out,
stand the costs, swear, talk back, tell, tell all, tell the truth,
testify, thank, view, vouch, warrant, witness, yield
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
ACKNOWLEDGE, v.t. To confess. Acknowledgement of one another's
faults is the highest duty imposed by our love of truth.