Definitions for: Recognize

[v] accept (smeone) 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"
[v] perceive to be the same
[v] be fully aware or cognizant of
[v] express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for; "We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us"
[v] express greetings upon meeting someone
[v] detect with the senses; "The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards"; "I can't make out the faces in this photograph"
[v] grant credentials to; "recognize a new educational institution"l "recognize an academic degree"
[v] show approval or appreciation of; "My work is not recognized by anybody!"; "The best student was recognized by the Dean"

Webster (1913) Definition: Rec"og*nize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recognized; p.
pr. & vb. n. Recognizing.] [From Recognizance; see
Cognition, and cf. Reconnoiter.] [Written also
1. To know again; to perceive the identity of, with a person
or thing previously known; to recover or recall knowledge

Speak, vassal; recognize thy sovereign queen.

2. 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.

3. To acknowledge acquaintance with, as by salutation,
bowing, or the like.

4. To show appreciation of; as, to recognize services by a

5. To review; to re["e]xamine. [Obs.] --South.

6. To reconnoiter. [Obs.] --R. Monro.

Syn: To acknowledge; avow; confess; own; allow; concede. See

Rec"og*nize, v. i. (Law)
To enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal;
as, A, B recognized in the sum of twenty dollars. [Written
also recognise.]

Note: In legal usage in the United States the second syllable
is often accented.

Synonyms: accredit, acknowledge, acknowledge, agnise, agnize, discern, distinguish, greet, know, make out, pick out, realise, realize, recognise, recognise, recognise, recognise, tell apart

See Also: accept, accost, address, appreciate, appreciate, bid, bob, call back, call up, certify, cognise, cognize, come up to, comprehend, curtsy, discriminate, give thanks, hail, herald, honor, honour, identify, licence, license, perceive, present, prize, recall, receive, recollect, remember, resolve, retrieve, reward, rubricate, salute, say farewell, shake hands, thank, think, treasure, value, welcome, wish, wring hands

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