recognize

recognize
[[t]re̱kəgnaɪz[/t]]
♦♦
recognizes, recognizing, recognized
(in BRIT, also use recognise)
1) VERB: no cont If you recognize someone or something, you know who that person is or what that thing is.

[V n] The receptionist recognized him at once...

[V n] He did not think she could recognize his car in the snow...

[V n as n] A man I easily recognized as Luke's father sat with a newspaper on his lap.

2) VERB: no cont If someone says that they recognize something, they acknowledge that it exists or that it is true.

[V n] I recognize my own shortcomings...

[V that] Well, of course I recognize that evil exists.

Syn:
3) VERB If people or organizations recognize something as valid, they officially accept it or approve of it.

[V n as n] Most doctors appear to recognize homeopathy as a legitimate form of medicine...

[V n] France is on the point of recognizing the independence of the Baltic States.

[V-ed] ...a nationally recognized expert on psychology. [Also V that]

Syn:
4) VERB When people recognize the work that someone has done, they show their appreciation of it, often by giving that person an award of some kind.

[V n as n] The RAF recognized him as an outstandingly able engineer...

[V n] He had the insight to recognize their talents...

[V n] Nichols was recognized by the Hall of Fame in 1949.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • recognize — rec‧og‧nize [ˈrekəgnaɪz, ˈrekən ] also recognise verb [transitive] 1. to know who a person is or what something is, or to know something about them as soon as you see them or hear their name: • How will investors recognize the bottom of the… …   Financial and business terms

  • recognize — [rek′əg nīz΄] vt. recognized, recognizing [altered (infl. by RECOGNIZANCE) < extended stem of OFr reconoistre: see RECOGNIZANCE] 1. to be aware of as something or someone known before, or as the same as that known [to recognize an old friend… …   English World dictionary

  • recognize — rec·og·nize vt nized, niz·ing 1: to acknowledge formally: as a: to admit as being of a particular status recognize a precedent recognize a union; specif: to acknowledge (as a right, cause of action, or defense) as valid b: to admit as being one… …   Law dictionary

  • Recognize — Rec og*nize (r[e^]k [o^]g*n[imac]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Recognized} (r[e^]k [o^]g*n[imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Recognizing} (r[e^]k [o^]g*n[imac] z[i^]ng).] [From {Recognizance}; see {Cognition}, and cf. {Reconnoiter}.] [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recognize — early 15c., resume possession of land, from M.Fr. reconiss , stem of reconoistre to know again, identify, recognize, from O.Fr., from L. recognoscere acknowledge, recall to mind, know again, examine, certify, from re again (see RE (Cf. re )) +… …   Etymology dictionary

  • recognize — [v1] identify admit, be familiar, button down*, descry, determinate, diagnose, diagnosticate, distinguish, espy, finger*, flash on*, know, know again, make*, make out, nail*, note, notice, observe, peg*, perceive, pinpoint, place, recall,… …   New thesaurus

  • Recognize — 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}.] [1913 Webster] Note: In legal usage in the United States the second syllable is often …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recognize — (Amer.) rec·og·nize || rekÉ™gnaɪz v. identify; identify a person or a thing seen before; acknowledge, know; admit, acknowledge as true (also recognise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • recognize — *acknowledge Analogous words: accept, admit, *receive: notice, note, observe, remark (see SEE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • recognize — recognize, recognition Both words should be pronounced with the g fully articulated …   Modern English usage

  • recognize — (also recognise) ► VERB 1) identify as already known; know again. 2) acknowledge the existence, validity, or legality of. 3) show official appreciation of. DERIVATIVES recognizable adjective. ORIGIN Latin recognoscere, from cognoscere to lea …   English terms dictionary

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