acknowledge (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 ]

  2. report the receipt of; The program committee acknowledged the submission of the authors of the paper

    [ Syn: receipt ]

  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 ones own writing

    [ Syn: notice ]

  4. express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for; We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us

    [ Syn: 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: recognize , recognise , know ]

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