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

Until today, Dan and Eugene Levy’s CBC/Pop TV series has aired without acknowledgment by the Television Academy, despite delivering season after season of superb, farcical comedy. Los Angeles Times, "The biggest snubs and surprises from the 2019 Emmy nominations," 16 July 2019 In justifying the settlements, the county’s lawyers often cite specific behavior by deputies without any acknowledgment of their alleged gang affiliation. Maya Lau, latimes.com, "Deputy gangs have survived decades of lawsuits and probes. Can the FBI stop them?," 14 July 2019 Many times their ball damages our plants, and always without acknowledgment or apology. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Woman is torn between career and motherhood," 8 July 2019 Many times their ball damages our plants, and always without acknowledgment or apology. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Woman is torn between career and motherhood," 8 July 2019 Many times their ball damages our plants, and always without acknowledgment or apology. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Career-driven woman feels pressure to have kids but isn’t sure she wants to," 8 July 2019 Many times their ball damages our plants, and always without acknowledgment or apology. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Woman is torn between career and motherhood," 8 July 2019 Many times their ball damages our plants, and always without acknowledgment or apology. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: They say I’d be selfish not to give my mom a grandchild," 8 July 2019 Many times their ball damages our plants, and always without acknowledgment or apology. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "Woman is torn between career and motherhood," 6 July 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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Dictionary Entries near acknowledgment

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19 Jul 2019

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The first known use of acknowledgment was in 1567

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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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