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 The engineer’s acknowledgment is one of several revelations contained in a new report released Wednesday by investigators from the House Transportation Committee. Ian Duncan, Washington Post, "Boeing 737 Max crashes were ‘horrific culmination’ of errors, investigators say," 16 Sep. 2020 The symbol was a visible acknowledgment of the values Defense Department employees died for in the wing of the building struck by American Airlines Flight 77 on Sept. 11, 2001. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "‘They underestimated our strength’: Solemn ceremony marks Pentagon remembrance of 9/11 attack," 11 Sep. 2020 To work toward land acknowledgment, Larney said conversations need to be started among the community to give the issue more visibility. Dallas News, "What happened to Native American tribes that once existed in North Texas? Curious Texas investigates," 9 Sep. 2020 The decision to not write a platform is less a gesture of surrender and more an acknowledgment of the tacit arrangement the president has made with the party. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why the GOP Didn’t Write a New Platform," 27 Aug. 2020 What is different this time is that having adopted a language of grief, the Democratic convention also edged toward an acknowledgment that American suffering just might be a chronic condition rather than an aberration. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "Night and Day," 26 Aug. 2020 The government’s ministers then resigned as a group in acknowledgment of their culpability. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 20 Aug. 2020 But to medical experts who have for months urged society to take the necessary steps to mitigate COVID-19, Tuesday’s Big Ten announcement of the cancellation of fall sports felt like an acknowledgment of reality and of failure. Bill Rabinowitz, The Enquirer, "Nation’s poor response to COVID-19 caused cancellation of Big Ten football, medical experts say," 14 Aug. 2020 In an acknowledgment of the long-term consequences of the pandemic, Uber said this week that its own employees could work from home until the end of June 2021. Lizette Chapman,, "Uber’s Quarterly Sales Tumble, Ending a Decade of Growth," 10 Aug. 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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20 Sep 2020

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“Acknowledgment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 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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