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 However, there is an acknowledgment that things are in flux as the office tries to cope and switch to a different working situation. Simon Perry,, "Prince Andrew Forced to Cancel Business Trip for His Key Cause Amid Jeffrey Epstein Scandal," 22 Nov. 2019 This two-sided argument is persuasive, but is also an acknowledgment that the power to implement change rests with the winners. The Economist, "In the past, America was not as unequal as it has become," 24 Oct. 2019 Alberto Retana, president and CEO of Community Coalition in South L.A., said the changes to Metro were an acknowledgment that the LAPD’s stop strategies have taken a heavy toll on black and Latino residents. Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times, "LAPD will drastically cut back on pulling over random vehicles over racial bias concerns," 13 Oct. 2019 Still, there's an acknowledgment that Trump's visit less than 24 hours before the polls open may boost Republican turnout on a day when the election is competing with a Louisiana State University vs. University of Florida football game. NBC News, "GOP candidates try to out Trump each other in race against Louisiana Dem Gov. Edwards," 11 Oct. 2019 Woodward argued Alabama’s abandonment of the practice was an acknowledgment that his sentence is unconstitutional. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Supreme Court won’t review death sentence of Alabama inmate," 7 Oct. 2019 Beneath all the contempt men have poured on women … all the condemnation of our Otherness, there is an unwitting acknowledgment of our power — a power great enough, in their own estimation, to end the world. Laura Barcella, Longreads, "‘Horror Is a Soothing Genre … It’s Upfront About How Scary It Is To Be a Woman.’," 14 Aug. 2019 The only thing that's missing is an acknowledgment that things have changed. Love, "I’m wondering if he’s ready for more," 12 Aug. 2019 Her public acknowledgment two decades later helped fire up the #MeToo movement in October 2017. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Ronan Farrow's mom, Mia, gets Halloween homage from #MeToo icon Rose McGowan," 30 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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6 Dec 2019

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“Acknowledgment.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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


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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