Definition of Recognize

1. Verb. Accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority. "We do not recognize your gods"

Exact synonyms: Acknowledge, Know, Recognise
Generic synonyms: Accept
Derivative terms: Acknowledgment, Acknowledgment

2. Verb. Be fully aware or cognizant of.
Exact synonyms: Agnise, Agnize, Realise, Realize, Recognise
Generic synonyms: Cognise, Cognize, Know
Specialized synonyms: Know
Derivative terms: Realisation, Realization

3. Verb. Detect with the senses. "I can't make out the faces in this photograph"

4. Verb. Perceive to be the same.
Exact synonyms: Recognise
Entails: Know
Generic synonyms: Call Back, Call Up, Recall, Recollect, Remember, Retrieve, Think
Specialized synonyms: Identify
Derivative terms: Recognition

5. Verb. Grant credentials to. "Recognize an academic degree"
Exact synonyms: Accredit, Recognise
Generic synonyms: Certify, Licence, License
Derivative terms: Accreditation

6. Verb. Express greetings upon meeting someone.
Exact synonyms: Greet, Recognise
Specialized synonyms: Shake Hands, Bob, Curtsy, Salute, Present, Salute, Salute, Hail, Herald, Receive, Welcome, Say Farewell, Bid, Wish
Generic synonyms: Accost, Address, Come Up To
Derivative terms: Greeter, Greeting

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

8. Verb. Exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate).
Generic synonyms: Be

9. Verb. Show approval or appreciation of. "The best student was recognized by the Dean"
Exact synonyms: Recognise
Generic synonyms: Appreciate, Prize, Treasure, Value
Specialized synonyms: Honor, Honour, Reward, Rubricate

Definition of Recognize

1. v. t. To know again; to perceive the identity of, with a person or thing previously known; to recover or recall knowledge of.

2. v. i. To enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal; as, A B recognized in the sum of twenty dollars.

Definition of Recognize

1. Verb. (transitive) To match something or someone which one currently perceives to a memory of some previous encounter with the same entity. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To acknowledge the existence or legality of something; treat as worthy of consideration or valid. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To acknowledge or consider as something. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To realise or discover the nature of something; apprehend quality in; realise or admit that. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To give an award. ¹

6. Verb. To cognize again. ¹

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Definition of Recognize

1. cognize [v -NIZED, -NIZING, -NIZES] - See also: cognize

Lexicographical Neighbors of Recognize

recognize (current term)
recognized component
recognized components

Literary usage of Recognize

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

1. The Odyssey of Homer by Homer, Andrew Lang, Samuel Henry Butcher (1900)
"We may recognize the vessels of early Mediterranean sea-rovers in the Egyptian reliefs, without committing ourselves to the ethnological theories either of ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"I remember, or I recognize, or I imagine. What, then, are the constituent processes of the memory consciousness? What is my mind made up of, ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"... who refused to recognize the constitution ; in consequence they were expelled from Lisbon. This event, with the invasion of Spain by the French to put ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"He took an oath to recognize John as pope and ruler of Rome; to issue no decrees without ... Refusing to recognize the synod, John pronounced sentence of ..."

5. Homerica, Emendations and Elucidations of the Odyssey by Thomas Leyden Agar (1908)
"... prudent judgement in suggesting that he should have the services of one who was almost certain to recognize him by the scar, yet I believe even in this ..."

6. A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental by David Hume (1890)
"... and which Locke could not recognize been said of the experience from which it was original!v abstracted, and of which the essential characteristic—that ..."

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