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 Importantly, not testing the entire population would not represent a nihilistic acknowledgment that Covid-19 cannot be controlled. Michael Hochman, STAT, "Testing everyone for Covid-19 doesn’t make sense. We need to test smarter, not harder," 15 May 2020 In a rare acknowledgment of operations in neighboring Syria, Israeli officials also said their warplanes attacked targets of the Islamic Jihad group south of Damascus in addition to Gaza. Fox News, "Israel hit with Palestinian rocket barrage after Gaza border confrontation with militants," 24 Feb. 2020 Hadid’s acknowledgment follows TMZ’s Tuesday report that the model, who recently celebrated her 25th birthday, is 20 weeks pregnant. Los Angeles Times, "Gigi Hadid confirms pregnancy, first child with Zayn Malik," 30 Apr. 2020 The Justice Department’s acknowledgment is an unusual retreat in a major investigation that has been under scrutiny for nearly three years. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Justice Department Believes It Should Have Ended Surveillance of Trump Adviser Earlier," 23 Jan. 2020 There was no official acknowledgment of the cases, and nurses who shared phone headsets, computer keyboards and a tiny break room were not tested, according to interviews and correspondence reviewed by The Times. Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times, "One by one, nurses got coronavirus at a Silicon Valley hospital while management kept quiet," 10 Apr. 2020 The acknowledgment of a potential economic package broke with the hands-off tone from the Trump administration that has dismayed investors — sending stocks reeling and bond yields to record lows below 1 percent. Rich Miller,, "Kudlow opens door to limited stimulus for virus after resistance," 7 Mar. 2020 Their return is a late acknowledgment, some White House advisers say, that the facts coming out are bad for the president, and both his White House and personal attorneys need to try to get in front of what else may emerge. Author: Carol D. Leonnig, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump frustrated as White House effort to defy impeachment inquiry fails to halt witness testimony, advisers say," 26 Oct. 2019 The return to large-scale civilian construction after the war saw a new acknowledgment of architectural teamwork that reflected the ethos of the all-out military effort, during which the personal was subordinate to the greater good of victory. Martin Filler, The New York Review of Books, "Modernism, Inc.," 8 Apr. 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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23 May 2020

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“Acknowledgment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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