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Recognize - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Recognize' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Recognize [ v. i.]
- To enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal; as, A B recognized in the sum of twenty dollars.
2 . Recognize [ v. t.]
- To know again; to perceive the identity of, with a person or thing previously known; to recover or recall knowledge of.
- To avow knowledge of; to allow that one knows; to consent to admit, hold, or the like; to admit with a formal acknowledgment; as, to recognize an obligation; to recognize a consul.
- To acknowledge acquaintance with, as by salutation, bowing, or the like.
- To show appreciation of; as, to recognize services by a testimonial.
- To review; to reexamine.
- To reconnoiter.

Meaning of 'Recognize' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . recognize [ v]
Meaning (1):
- detect with the senses
Example in sentence:
  • I can't make out the faces in this photograph;
  • The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards
Meaning (2):
- show approval or appreciation of
Example in sentence:
  • My work is not recognized by anybody!;
  • The best student was recognized by the Dean
Meaning (3):
- grant credentials to
Example in sentence:
  • recognize an academic degree;
  • The Regents officially recognized the new educational institution
Meaning (4):
- accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
Example in sentence:
  • The Crown Prince was acknowledged as the true heir to the throne;
  • We do not recognize your gods
Meaning (5):
- express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for
Example in sentence:
  • We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us