acknowledgment

noun
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 for acknowledgment

Synonyms

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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Any acknowledgment that the powder isn’t safe could imperil not just sales but the entire company’s image, marketing experts say. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "J&J Slammed by Concern Over Baby Powder Safety," 17 Dec. 2018 And for the second year in a row, Trump’s Twitter stream has so far omitted any acknowledgment of June as Pride Month. Steve Thompson, Washington Post, "Maryland gubernatorial candidate Madaleno tries to irritate Trump — with a kiss," 9 June 2018 Walker fights for an acknowledgment of gray in a world inclined to black-and-white. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Unheralded advocate is taking a break," 7 June 2018 China’s acknowledgment of the 90-day time cap signals acceptance of one U.S. term to the trade truce. WSJ, "China Breaks Its Silence on 90-Day U.S. Tariff Truce," 5 Dec. 2018 Some gratitude would have been a simple acknowledgment. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Need to Be Thanked. But She Wouldn't Mind a Little Gratitude From President Trump.," 14 Sep. 2018 Her definition of the American sonnet (which Hayes quotes in his acknowledgments) suggests that the form ought to be issue-driven, improvisational, minimalist and fun. Walton Muyumba, latimes.com, "The right poetry collection for right now: Terrance Hayes' 'American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin'," 14 June 2018 In 2002, they were spotted holding hands at a memorial service for Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard—their first public acknowledgment of their feelings for each other. Maria Carter, Country Living, "The Story Behind How Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Met and Fell in Love," 14 Nov. 2016 When Melania wore a soft blue slim-cut dress and jacket to her husband’s inauguration, it was seen as a nod to Jackie Kennedy’s style and an acknowledgment of the dignity required of her new position on the world stage. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, "There are no accidents in Melania Trump’s wardrobe choices," 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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acknowledgment

noun

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

acknowledgment

noun
ac·​knowl·​edg·​ment
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

acknowledgment

noun
ac·​knowl·​edg·​ment
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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