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 social-media platform’s Saturday evening acknowledgment comes after a lengthy internal debate over whether to share data. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2021 Dear Amy: This is not a request for help, but an acknowledgment of your up-to-the-moment facility with current jargon. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 19 Aug. 2021 Taking stock of this catastrophe and determining what might be done to limit the damage requires a rejection of Washington’s fantasy and an acknowledgment of Afghanistan’s reality. H.r. Mcmaster And Bradley Bowman, WSJ, 15 Aug. 2021 Yes, there’s nearly universal acknowledgment that the pandemic hasn’t gone very well, and to be sure, that causes lots of blaming and side-taking. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 July 2021 Our regular acknowledgment of the animals that help us make it through the storm. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, 22 Aug. 2021 Their acknowledgment of the importance of the Stretch and Bobbito show is dope! Kyesha Jennings, Vulture, 8 Aug. 2021 That trust also starts with an acknowledgment of parts of history that have been long overlooked or omitted from history classes. Rachel Ryan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2021 For the New York governor, these segments were extensions of his then–extremely popular daily briefings—part pep talk, part info dump, part acknowledgment of a scary and uncertain moment in American life. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2021

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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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9 Sep 2021

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“Acknowledgment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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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