ac·knowl·edg·ment | \ ik-ˈnä-lij-mənt , ak- \
variants: or acknowledgement

Definition of acknowledgment 

1a : the act of acknowledging something or someone acknowledgment of a mistake

b : recognition or favorable notice of an act or achievement received acknowledgment for his charitable works

2 : a thing done or given in recognition of something received an author's acknowledgments of assistance

3 law : a declaration or avowal of one's act or of a fact to give it legal validity

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Synonyms & Antonyms for acknowledgment


admission, avowal, concession, confession


disavowal, nonadmission

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Examples of acknowledgment in a Sentence

They made several public acknowledgments of their company's mistake. He paid the fine without acknowledgment of his guilt. Special acknowledgments will be made at the end of the meeting. He has finally received the acknowledgment he deserves for his charitable work. They presented him with an award in acknowledgment of his charitable work. He's the first person mentioned in the book's acknowledgments. We sent an acknowledgment that we received their letter. He never received an acknowledgment of his payment.
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The other option is a humorous acknowledgment that not many in Mr Dershowitz’s thinning crowd of liberal friends and admirers are likely to be impressed by that. The Economist, "The case against impeachment," 12 July 2018 The rise of indexing during the last decade is a tacit acknowledgment that on average, cost matters more than stock-picking prowess. Barry Ritholtz,, "Ranking the factors that help or hurt your investment returns," 14 June 2018 That Ghesquière and the other jury members decided to reward this sort of design is a tacit acknowledgment that this is fashion now. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Streetwear Labels Can’t Stop Winning Fancy Fashion Awards," 7 June 2018 There’s been no official acknowledgment of a connection, though SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is originally from South Africa and moved to the U.S. as a teenager. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The Mysterious Zuma Mission, SpaceX's First Launch of 2018, Is Tonight," 7 Jan. 2018 And given #MDW’s lack of actual holiday acknowledgment, the typical captioning leaves much to be desired and gets very repetitive, very quickly. Vogue, "Is Memorial Day Weekend the Most Obnoxious Holiday on Instagram?," 28 May 2018 Marion, the smart one, is played by the talented Indigenous actress Madeleine Madden, an acknowledgment, of sorts, on the part of producers of the ways in which Lindsay appropriated sacred ground for her own story. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Picnic at Hanging Rock," 22 May 2018 Women in the East African nation have been complaining about the rising murder, rape and kidnapping incidents in the last three years, which have been met with little response or acknowledgment by the police and the government. Paula Rogo,, "Ugandan Women Step Out to Protest Rising Violence Against Women," 2 July 2018 Mature industries require both recognition of history and an acknowledgment of the changes needed for future success. Steve Jagler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jagler: Marcus Theatres' Rolando Rodriguez is reinventing the moviegoing experience," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of acknowledgment

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for acknowledgment

acknowledge + -ment

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variants: or acknowledgement \ik-ˈnä-lij-mənt, ak- \

Kids Definition of acknowledgment

1 : an act of admitting the truth or existence of

2 : an act of praising or thanking for some deed or achievement

3 : a usually written statement saying that a letter or message was received


variants: also acknowledgement

Legal Definition of acknowledgment 

1a : the act of acknowledging

b : the act of admitting paternity — compare filiation

2 : a thing done or given in recognition of something received an acknowledgment came in the mail

3a : a declaration or avowal of one's act or a fact to give it legal validity specifically : a declaration before a duly qualified public officer (as a notary public) by a person who has executed an instrument that the execution was the person's free act and deed

b : the formal certificate made by an officer before whom one has acknowledged a deed including as an essential part the signature and often the seal of the officer

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