recognition (n.)

  1. the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged; the partners were delighted with the recognition of their work; she seems to avoid much in the way of recognition or acknowledgement of feminist work prior to her own

    [ Syn: acknowledgment , acknowledgement ]

  2. the process of recognizing something or someone by remembering; a politician whose recall of names was as remarkable as his recognition of faces; experimental psychologists measure the elapsed time from the onset of the stimulus to its recognition by the observer

    [ Syn: identification ]

  3. approval; give her recognition for trying; he was given credit for his work; give her credit for trying

    [ Syn: credit ]

  4. coming to understand something clearly and distinctly; a growing realization of the risk involved; a sudden recognition of the problem he faced; increasing recognition that diabetes frequently coexists with other chronic diseases

    [ Syn: realization , realisation ]

  5. (biology) the ability of one molecule to attach to another molecule that has a complementary shape; molecular recognition drives all of biology, for instance, hormone and receptor or antibody-antigen interactions or the organization of molecules into larger biologically active entities'

  6. the explicit and formal acknowledgement of a government or of the national independence of a country; territorial disputes were resolved in Guatemala's recognition of Belize in 1991'

  7. an acceptance (as of a claim) as true and valid; the recognition of the Rio Grande as a boundary between Mexico and the United States'

  8. designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body; he was unable to make his motion because he couldn't get recognition by the chairman'

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