recognition

noun
rec·​og·​ni·​tion | \ ˌre-kig-ˈni-shən, -kəg-\

Definition of recognition 

1 : the action of recognizing : the state of being recognized: such as
a : acknowledgment especially : formal acknowledgment of the political existence of a government or nation
b : knowledge or feeling that someone or something present has been encountered before
2 : special notice or attention
3 : the sensing and encoding of printed or written data by a machine optical character recognition magnetic ink character recognition

Examples of recognition in a Sentence

The procedure is gaining recognition as the latest advance in organ transplant surgery. The Olympic Committee gave official recognition to the sport. His smile was a recognition that things were not so bad. Her paintings received recognition from her fellow artists. All she wanted was some recognition for her work. He finally received the recognition that he deserved. They were awarded medals in recognition of their bravery.
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If anything, the ACLU's screed is just part of the growing opprobrium towards Amazon's plans to make facial-recognition technology an everyday occurrence. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Continues to Patent Facial Recognition Technologies—And Is Facing Pressure From All Sides," 13 Dec. 2018 Even name recognition and party bona fides are no guarantee of success. Christina A. Cassidy, The Seattle Times, "More than 20 states have never had a woman as governor," 29 Oct. 2018 Brand recognition is stronger and of course, being digital-first and part of the Air France family certainly helps. Lindsey Tramuta, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: KLM CEO Pieter Elbers on Keeping Up With the 'Big Kids'," 11 Oct. 2018 The launch of this initiative is further recognition that increased congestion, which Uber itself has been found to make worse, is bad for business, and that bikes and scooters make more sense for short trips than cars. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Uber makes $10M bet on bikes and transit," 26 Sep. 2018 Also hoping to get recognition is Jeff Daniels (The Looking Tower), Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror: U.S.S. Callister), and Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See If Your 2018 Emmy Predictions Match Up With the Projected Winners," 17 Sep. 2018 Like many technologies, facial recognition can be useful, or harmful. Scott Thurm, WIRED, "Microsoft Calls For Federal Regulation of Facial Recognition," 13 July 2018 What's notable is not the recognition that the football program stinks. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Hello, KU AD Jeff Long. Goodbye, football coach David Beaty," 11 July 2018 Voice recognition was spotty, perhaps due to my ever-so-slight Appalachian accent. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Mazda6 sedan gets a major update for 2018, with more elegance, tech," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of recognition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for recognition

Middle English recognicion, from Anglo-French recognition, from Latin recognition-, recognitio, from recognoscere

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recognition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of recognition

: the act of accepting that something is true or important or that it exists

: the act of accepting someone or something as having legal or official authority

: the act of knowing who or what someone or something is because of previous knowledge or experience

recognition

noun
rec·​og·​ni·​tion | \ ˌre-kig-ˈni-shən \

Kids Definition of recognition

1 : the act of knowing and remembering upon seeing She looked straight at Johnny and he at her. Neither gave any sign of recognition.— Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain
2 : the act of accepting the existence, truth, or importance of something recognition of past mistakes
3 : special attention or notice The writer's work won recognition.

recognition

noun
rec·​og·​ni·​tion | \ ˌrek-əg-ˈnish-ən \

Medical Definition of recognition 

: the form of memory that consists in knowing or feeling that a present object has been met before

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recognition

noun
rec·​og·​ni·​tion | \ ˌre-kəg-ˈni-shən \

Legal Definition of recognition 

1 : the act, process, or fact of recognizing
2 : the state of being recognized

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