ac·​knowl·​edged | \ ik-ˈnä-lijd How to pronounce acknowledged (audio) , ak- \

Definition of acknowledged

: generally recognized, accepted, or admitted an acknowledged expert

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Other Words from acknowledged

acknowledgedly \ ik-​ˈnä-​lijd-​lē How to pronounce acknowledgedly (audio) , -​li-​jəd-​ How to pronounce acknowledgedly (audio) , ak-​ \ adverb

Examples of acknowledged in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ahead of her time, Apgar had trouble finding people to work for her until anesthesia became a more acknowledged specialty in the 1940s, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Google Doodle Honors Dr. Virginia Apgar, the Anesthesiologist Credited With Saving Many Newborn Babies' Lives," 7 June 2018 And to a significant, if little acknowledged extent, the Bay Area was the stimulus for much of its mind-set. Mark Swed,, "Four radical and radically original pieces of music that blew up the modernist status quo in 1968," 21 Apr. 2018 One of the more enduring norms of Congress was that evidence vetted by acknowledged experts would frame debate and deliberation. E.j. Dionne Jr., The Atlantic, "How the GOP Prompted the Decay of Political Norms," 30 Oct. 2016 The dogs eye the camera much the way commuters glance at one another on the train, and their gazes run a familiar gamut: offhand suspicion, manic interest, mutually acknowledged exhaustion, utter bemusement, mind-your-own-business, can-anyone-help. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Resplendent Humanity of Dogs, Up Close," 18 May 2017 Mr. Mengelberg’s dissonant harmonies and unorthodox phrasing were reminiscent of Thelonious Monk, an acknowledged influence. Peter Keepnews, New York Times, "Misha Mengelberg, Bold and Spirited Jazz Pianist, Dies at 81," 14 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of acknowledged

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acknowledged

from past participle of acknowledge

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The first known use of acknowledged was in 1548

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“Acknowledged.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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ac·​knowl·​edged | \ ik-ˈnä-lijd How to pronounce acknowledged (audio) , ak- \

Kids Definition of acknowledged

: generally accepted Sam Adams was the acknowledged ringleader.— Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain

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