Definition of recognition
1 : the action of recognizing : the state of being recognized: such asa : acknowledgment; especially : formal acknowledgment of the political existence of a government or nationb : 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.
Recent Examples of recognition from the Web
Many were burned beyond recognition, Baqar said, and will have to be identified using DNA testing.
For years, the State Department let the FBI use face recognition to compare suspected criminals’ faces to those of visa applicants.
For Erika Feinman, legal recognition of nonbinary and transgender individuals is much more than a symbolic gesture.
Rocker and Bo Jackson are the only Auburn players to earn consensus All-American recognition twice, with Rocker achieving that status in 1987 and 1988.
Contributors will receive recognition on the EBC website, in all media releases, in the event program and in on-stage announcements throughout the event.
Despina Amanatidis Liaskos (second from left) was honored with IUAA President’s Award in recognition of her service to students, alumni and friends of IU Northwest.
But some wealthy residents revel in the recognition that comes with a Lamborghini or even a coveted license plate.
Maleski received national recognition this season when he was named the MaxPreps/AVCA Midwest Regional Player of the Week in early April.
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Origin and Etymology of recognition
Middle English recognicion, from Anglo-French recognition, from Latin recognition-, recognitio, from recognoscere
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
RECOGNITION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of recognition for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of recognition for Students
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.
Medical Definition of recognition
: the form of memory that consists in knowing or feeling that a present object has been met before
Legal Definition of recognition
1 : the act, process, or fact of recognizing
2 : the state of being recognized
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