Definition of acknowledge
1 : to recognize the rights, authority, or status of <They acknowledged him as their leader.>
2 : to disclose knowledge of or agreement with <She readily acknowledged her mistake.>
3a : to express gratitude or obligation for <acknowledge a gift>b : to take notice of <failed to acknowledge my greeting>c : to make known the receipt of <acknowledge a letter>
4 : to recognize as genuine or valid <acknowledge a debt>
Examples of acknowledge in a sentence
They acknowledged that the decision was a mistake.
Do you acknowledge that you caused this mess?
They readily acknowledged their mistake.
She won't acknowledge responsibility for her actions.
He quickly acknowledges all of my e-mails when he receives them.
Please acknowledge receipt of this letter.
She acknowledged the gift with a card.
She acknowledged his greeting with a smile.
Origin and Etymology of acknowledge
ac- (as in accord) + knowledge
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of acknowledge
ACKNOWLEDGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of acknowledge for English Language Learners
: to say that you accept or do not deny the truth or existence of (something)
: to regard or describe (someone or something) as having or deserving a particular status
: to tell or show someone that something (such as a letter or message) has been received
ACKNOWLEDGE Defined for Kids
Definition of acknowledge for Students
1 : to admit the truth or existence of <They acknowledged their mistake.>
2 : to make known that something has been received or noticed <He refuses to acknowledge my generosity.>
3 : to recognize the rights or authority of <They acknowledged her as captain.>
4 : to express thanks or appreciation for <acknowledge a gift>
Legal Definition of acknowledge
1 : to indicate recognition and acceptance of <the power of taxation in the general and state governments is acknowledged to be concurrent — McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 U.S. 316 (1819)>
2a : to show by word or act that one has knowledge of and accepts responsibility for (a duty, obligation, or indebtedness) b : to admit paternity of <will acknowledge the child as his> — compare filiate
3 : to make known to a sender or giver the receipt of (what has been sent or given) or the fact of (one's having received what has been sent or given) <acknowledge receipt of a letter>
4 : to recognize as genuine so as to give validity : avow or admit in legal form <the execution of any such power of attorney shall be acknowledged before one of the officers — U.S. Code>
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up acknowledge? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).