acknowledgment

noun
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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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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Recent Examples on the Web

The denial phase was followed by a semi-acknowledgment that the allegations were factually true. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, "Walters: Insurance Commissioner Lara’s lapses of judgment," 8 Sep. 2019 The move won praise from Walmart employees and gun control advocates, as well as acknowledgment from some Democratic candidates for president who have criticized the retailer in the past, such as Bernie Sanders. Clare Duffy, CNN, "How Walmart became an unlikely champion of gun safety," 4 Sep. 2019 As residents advocate their case to city officials, weak regulations, poorly presented data, and low political will can lead to belated city acknowledgment of the problem. Molly Enking, WIRED, "Flint, Newark, and the Persistent Crisis of Lead in Water," 28 Aug. 2019 Mr Mirziyoyev has prohibited the use in court of evidence obtained through torture, in tacit acknowledgment that abuse is rife throughout the penitentiary system, not just at Jaslyk. The Economist, "Uzbekistan’s new president closes Jaslyk prison camp," 8 Aug. 2019 But neither of them was a co-author on the paper; Ubaidillah was mentioned in an acknowledgment, his colleague not at all. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "Indonesia’s strict new biopiracy rules could stifle international research," 24 July 2019 In an apparent acknowledgment of the difficulties the city is facing, the Board of Public Works created a working group to study how the city’s permitting process could be updated to better address such issues. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Desperate to get rid of homeless people, some are using prickly plants, fences, barriers," 10 July 2019 In an apparent acknowledgment of the difficulties the city is facing, the Board of Public Works created a working group to study how the city’s permitting process could be updated to better address such issues. Benjamin Oreskes, latimes.com, "Desperate to get rid of homeless people, some are using prickly plants, fences, barriers," 10 July 2019 Legislators set lower rates for urban and nonurban counties outside the Portland metro in acknowledgment of lower costs of living. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive.com, "Oregon employers adapt to successive minimum wage hikes," 30 June 2019

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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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