ac·​knowl·​edged ik-ˈnä-lijd How to pronounce acknowledged (audio)
: generally recognized, accepted, or admitted
an acknowledged expert
acknowledgedly adverb

Examples of acknowledged in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Magnifying the problem is Metro’s acknowledged misstep of spending $70 million to upgrade fare gates, but not designing them in a way that deters evasion. Justin George, Washington Post, 28 July 2023 Their acknowledged short list earlier in the offseason included Alabama’s Bryce Young, Kentucky’s Will Levis, Florida’s Anthony Richardson and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud. Mark Inabinett |, al, 21 Apr. 2023 But today’s acknowledged hierarchy wasn’t always as such. Lance Esplund, WSJ, 15 Nov. 2022 But these musicians are instead drawing inspiration from a less acknowledged yet equally rich heritage—one that reveals the Black predecessors who shaped the genre from its beginnings. Santi Elijah Holley, The Atlantic, 21 Oct. 2022 Neve knows her own value, allowing Howard to wisely craft an arrangement between Neve and Lysander that makes their uneven power dynamic an acknowledged issue without ever veering into problematic territory. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 30 Aug. 2022 The likelihood that such a virus would emerge from two different events is low, acknowledged co-author Joel Wertheim, an associate adjunct professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Jen Christensen, CNN, 26 July 2022 There seemed to be a compromise in the belief - whether acknowledged or not - that Langer’s contract was not going to be extended. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 The military in 2019 acknowledged existence of White Wolf in a right-wing Israeli publication. Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History


from past participle of acknowledge

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acknowledged was in 1548

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“Acknowledged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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ac·​knowl·​edged ik-ˈnäl-ijd How to pronounce acknowledged (audio)
: generally recognized or accepted
the acknowledged leader
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