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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Implicit in the ambition is the acknowledgment that today, there is no coordinated European force capable of such a limited objective. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2021 Republicans have asked a three-judge federal panel for a summary judgment on their lawsuit, contending the special session is an acknowledgment that the Democratic map is unconstitutional. Rick Pearson,, 24 Aug. 2021 That description is true to my appearance, but the wielders of those words were picking at a stereotype that is not about the appreciation of an aesthetic but is an acknowledgment of power constructs. Thando Hopa, Allure, 23 Aug. 2021 Allowing vouchers for parents who object to mask mandates is seen by many as an acknowledgment that school districts can, in fact, impose the rules. Gary Curreri,, 6 Aug. 2021 The Confidence Code is an acknowledgment of personal agency, an assertion of free choice rooted in identity, and a dedication to claiming intrinsic power to be our truest selves. Molly Longman,, 6 Aug. 2021 The trial court had read Castor’s statement as an acknowledgment that, rather than agreeing to never prosecute Cosby, Castor had retained the option of revisiting the case. New York Times, 28 July 2021 At the time, the Park East building was viewed as an acknowledgment that many of the synagogue’s 1,800 families had spread eastward to suburbs including Solon and Twinsburg. Steven Litt, cleveland, 28 May 2021 Gray's appointment was viewed as an acknowledgment by the state of this problem, and a way to start reforming the system. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, 6 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of acknowledgment was in 1567

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21 Sep 2021

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“Acknowledgment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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


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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