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
Each year, the club's foundation honors volunteer of the year nominees with a luncheon and a plaque in recognition of their service to our community in many capacities.
The 1978 team won the AP national title and the 1979 squad earned consensus national-championship recognition.
Neither of the lower-end cameras is equipped for facial recognition.
The games provided a structure the rest of life seemed to lack and rewarded his effort with prompt recognition, from cascades of virtual coins to chirpy musical salutes.
The last Monday in May gained official recognition as Memorial Day in the North in 1868, led by the Grand Army of the Republic, the most prominent Union veterans association.
But the legislation still needs approval from the Senate, which has twice blocked recognition in the past.
This cultural park received international recognition as a major public art site for its expressive mural display.
On its own, being recognized as a tribe does not normally bring specific advantages except in the case of the stateless Makonde people, whose recognition as Tribe No.
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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 century
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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