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

Examples of acknowledged in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The acknowledged effect would be to increase the number of students from predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods while decreasing the number from predominantly white and Chinese-American neighborhoods. Ira Stoll, WSJ, "The Red Sox Speak Up for Racial Engineering in Boston Schools," 8 Apr. 2021 Cindric began this season as Xfinity's acknowledged road course master, with two 2019 wins, but hadn't won on an oval track. Michael Knight, The Arizona Republic, "4 going for No. 1: NASCAR Xfinity championship to be decided Saturday at Phoenix Raceway," 5 Nov. 2020 Mike Burkholder, publisher of East County Today, defended Turnage in an opinion piece, while acknowledged Turnage is a friend of his. Tara Law, Time, "California City Official Ousted After Saying COVID-19 Could 'Fix' Burdens on Society If Allowed to Spread," 3 May 2020 George Air Force Base closed in 1992, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the acknowledged end of the Cold War. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This Pilot Fly Over a Runway with 400 Unused Airline Jets," 24 Apr. 2020 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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