Simple Definition of recognition
: the act of accepting that something is true or important or that it exists
: the act of accepting someone or something as having legal or official authority
: the act of knowing who or what someone or something is because of previous knowledge or experience
Full Definition of recognition
1 : the action of recognizing : the state of being recognized: as a : acknowledgment; especially : formal acknowledgment of the political existence of a government or nation b : knowledge or feeling that someone or something present has been encountered before
2 : special notice or attention
3 : the sensing and encoding of printed or written data by a machine <optical character recognition> <magnetic ink character recognition>
Examples of recognition in a sentence
The procedure is gaining recognition as the latest advance in organ transplant surgery.
The Olympic Committee gave official recognition to the sport.
His smile was a recognition that things were not so bad.
Her paintings received recognition from her fellow artists.
All she wanted was some recognition for her work.
He finally received the recognition that he deserved.
They were awarded medals in recognition of their bravery.
Origin and Etymology of recognition
Middle English recognicion, from Anglo-French recognition, from Latin recognition-, recognitio, from recognoscere
First Known Use: 15th century
RECOGNITION Defined for Kids
Definition of recognition for Students
1 : the act of knowing and remembering upon seeing <She looked straight at Johnny and he at her. Neither gave any sign of recognition. — Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain>
2 : the act of accepting the existence, truth, or importance of something <recognition of past mistakes>
3 : special attention or notice <The writer's work won recognition.>
Medical Definition of recognition
: the form of memory that consists in knowing or feeling that a present object has been met before
Legal Definition of recognition
1 : the act, process, or fact of recognizing
2 : the state of being recognized
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