Definition of Acknowledge

1. Verb. Declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of. "She acknowledged that she might have forgotten"

Exact synonyms: Admit
Specialized synonyms: Attorn, Write Off, Make No Bones About, Sustain, Concede, Confess, Profess, Confess, Confess, Fink, Squeal, Avouch, Avow
Generic synonyms: Adjudge, Declare, Hold
Derivative terms: Acknowledgeable, Acknowledgment, Admission
Antonyms: Deny

2. Verb. Report the receipt of. "The program committee acknowledged the submission of the authors of the paper"
Exact synonyms: Receipt
Generic synonyms: Communicate, Pass, Pass Along, Pass On, Put Across
Derivative terms: Receipt, Receipt

3. Verb. Express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with. "It is important to acknowledge the work of others in one's own writing"
Exact synonyms: Notice
Generic synonyms: React, Respond
Specialized synonyms: Cite, Mention
Derivative terms: Acknowledgment, Acknowledgment, Notice, Notice

4. Verb. Express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for. "We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us"
Exact synonyms: Recognise, Recognize
Generic synonyms: Give Thanks, Thank
Specialized synonyms: Appreciate
Derivative terms: Acknowledgment

5. Verb. Accept as legally binding and valid. "Acknowledge the deed"
Generic synonyms: Accept

6. Verb. Accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority. "We do not recognize your gods"
Exact synonyms: Know, Recognise, Recognize
Generic synonyms: Accept
Derivative terms: Acknowledgment, Acknowledgment

Definition of Acknowledge

1. v. t. To of 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.

Definition of Acknowledge

1. Verb. (transitive) To 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. ¹

2. Verb. To own or recognize in a particular quality, character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to. ¹

3. Verb. To own with gratitude or as a benefit or an obligation; as, to acknowledge a favor. ¹

4. Verb. To notify receipt, as of a letter. ¹

5. Verb. To own as genuine or valid; to assent to, as a legal instrument, to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form; as, to acknowledge a deed. ¹

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Literary usage of Acknowledge

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (1912)
"Hermia makes appeal to Egeus who refuses to acknowledge her. Slight pause; music of "Nocturne" can be repeated here about thirty-six bars. ..."

2. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptoms by Robert Burton (1870)
"No, I recant, I will not, I care, I fear, I confess my fault, acknowledge a great offence, " motos praestat ... I acknowledge that of * Tacitus to be true, ..."

3. Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books by John Milton (1750)
"... of that skill the more thou know'ft, The more me will acknowledge thee her he<id, And to realities yield all her mows : Made fo adorn for thy delight ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"... religion on its subjective side is the disposition to acknowledge our dependence on God, and on the objective side it is the voluntary acknowledgement ..."

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