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, self-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 image is standard equipment aboard Tangier workboats, an acknowledgment that faith is sometimes the best protection a waterman has. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 In a resolute acknowledgment of the oppression that too many young women face at home, the film portrays the family structure as the enforcing unit of feminine docility. Iram Haq, New York Times, "Review: In ‘What Will People Say,’ Tyranny Begins at Home," 12 July 2018 Fierro grinned and raised his hand in acknowledgment. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Churchill Downs exercise rider uses horses as 'therapy' to beat cancer," 3 May 2018 That’s why two countries included in Facebook's acknowledgment on Wednesday are likely to cause the social media company a particular headache: Britain and Germany. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "As Facebook confronts data misuse, foreign governments might force real change," 5 Apr. 2018 He was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada — in acknowledgment of his philanthropic work — in 2014. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Juno Awards to Honor Gary Slaight for His Humanitarian Efforts," 9 Jan. 2018 Barakat said mental illness doesn't get the same acknowledgment as a physical illness because it can't be seen. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stigma of suicide: Mom of teen found by former Wauwatosa alderman speaks out," 27 June 2018 The acknowledgment of the wisdom that comes with age was repeated throughout the show that was attended by about 10,000 pop and hip-hop fans. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Kesha and Macklemore delight fans with glitz, love and a dash of the ‘Good Old Days’," 27 June 2018 On LinkedIn and Twitter, the USDS logo bears the rainbow stripes of LGBT Pride Month, one of the few federal government acknowledgments of the summer celebration. Trisha Thadani,, "U.S. Digital Service, Obama’s White House ‘startup,’ finding its way under Trump," 19 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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