ac·​knowl·​edg·​ment | \ ik-ˈnä-lij-mənt How to pronounce acknowledgment (audio) , 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 for acknowledgment


citation, commendation, mention

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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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This is a direct acknowledgment that his administration banned sales of at least some items that had no security implications, and that the company is merely a political target. Tim Culpan,, "Easing Huawei restrictions may help trade, but won’t stop the China tech battle," 1 July 2019 Nor is there the slightest acknowledgment that perhaps it was bought by an arrangement in which America bears most of the burdens of leadership while the Europeans get only benefits. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "As Europe Condemns Trump, Asia Takes a More Realistic View," 22 Feb. 2019 Itzkoff, a culture reporter for The New York Times, is an unabashed fan, declaring in the book’s acknowledgments that Williams was one of his heroes growing up. David Kamp, New York Times, "A Comic Force of Nature: The Life — and Death — of Robin Williams," 15 May 2018 Season three ended without any acknowledgment that Fred Andrews would not be returning following the death of actor Luke Perry. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "8 "Riverdale" Questions That Need to Be Answered in Season 4," 16 May 2019 Penalties for marijuana are generally far more relaxed than other schedule 1 drugs — perhaps an acknowledgment that the drug isn’t as much of a risk as, for example, heroin. German Lopez, Vox, "Marijuana is illegal under federal law even in states that legalize it," 14 Nov. 2018 In hosting the Japanese designer Tomo Koizumi at his store, Jacobs made tacit acknowledgment of that. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of New York Fashion Week Fall 2019," 14 Feb. 2019 Ever notice how often media stampedes start in the age of Trump, only to vanish without apology or even acknowledgment upon colliding with reality? The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Manafort Destiny," 13 Mar. 2019 Except that YouTube Rewind is often seen by creators and the community as an acknowledgment of people and trends who made a difference on the platform. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube Rewind hides its community’s biggest moments to appease advertisers," 6 Dec. 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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English Language Learners Definition of acknowledgment

: the act of showing that you know, admit, or accept that something exists or is true
: the act of praising or thanking someone for an action or achievement
: a section of a book, article, etc., in which people are thanked for their help


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


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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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