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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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 Member Mike Moroski said Sittenfeld's offer was the second acknowledgment from the city of CPS's expertise on the issue. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Councilman offers proposal in expired tax-incentive pact between Cincinnati, CPS," 7 Jan. 2020 The acknowledgment came in a television package that criticized international Farsi-language channels for their reporting on the crisis, which began on Nov. 15. BostonGlobe.com, "Iran has yet to release any nationwide statistics over the unrest that gripped the Islamic Republic with minimum prices for government-subsidized gasoline rising by 50%.," 3 Dec. 2019 The acknowledgment appears to be Bezos's first public remark regarding Amazon's efforts to introduce some restraints on facial recognition. Brian Fung, CNN, "Jeff Bezos says Amazon is developing facial recognition regulations," 26 Sep. 2019 Underlying these acts is the ethical acknowledgment and affirmation of the person receiving care, the willingness to struggle daily to endure, and ultimately, the commitment to care for memories. Arthur Kleinman, Time, "How I Learned to Be a Better Doctor From My Wife’s Struggle With Alzheimer’s," 19 Sep. 2019 The acknowledgment followed an earlier LAX tweet highlighting the problem. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "U.S. Customs’ computer system breakdown for a few hours affected airports nationwide," 16 Aug. 2019 Winners may be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility, liability release, tax acknowledgment form and, except where prohibited by law, a publicity release and return within five (5) business days of issuance of notification. CNN Underscored, "CNN Underscored Sweepstakes official rules and regulations," 18 Dec. 2019 The acknowledgment in a deposition as part of the House impeachment inquiry released Tuesday was a reversal from his earlier testimony. John Wagner, Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, Anchorage Daily News, "Diplomat revises earlier testimony, admits giving Ukraine a quid pro quo message," 5 Nov. 2019 And PG&E’s acknowledgment that transmission lines were still on is by no means an admission that the company’s equipment started the fire. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "PG&E says high-voltage lines were still on when Kincade Fire started," 24 Oct. 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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The first known use of acknowledgment was in 1567

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18 Jan 2020

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“Acknowledgment.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acknowledgment?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=a&file=acknow05. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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acknowledgment

noun
How to pronounce acknowledgment (audio)

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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