recognition

noun
rec·​og·​ni·​tion | \ ˌre-kig-ˈni-shən How to pronounce recognition (audio) , -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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Fathers and zoos may go together, and in recognition of Father’s Day, the National Zoo has cited examples of male parenting in the animal kingdom. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Zoo cites the example of animal fathers on Father’s Day," 15 June 2019 The change was made in recognition that while teachers are members of CalSTRS, many other school employees from janitors to bus drivers belong in the state’s other public employee pension fund. Laurel Rosenhall, The Mercury News, "California just passed a $215 billion budget. Here’s what’s between the lines.," 14 June 2019 Poway High Teacher of the Year Dean Cortez will speak in recognition of the school’s Academic Achievers, which are students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or above. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Poway High graduation ceremony is today," 13 June 2019 In recognition of that purchase, a single F-35 flew over the White House on a sunny afternoon. Darlene Superville, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says he’s sending 1,000 more US troops to ally Poland," 13 June 2019 The awards—a system established by Queen Elizabeth II of England and the commonwealth states, which include Australia, in recognition of special achievements by the country's citizens—usually coincide with Queen Elizabeth II's birthday. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Queen's Birthday Honours For Ian James, Fifa Riccobono and Peter Rix," 10 June 2019 The symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride will be flown over the Capitol’s East Wing in recognition of Pride Month. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After 500 blessings were given at PrideFest Milwaukee last year, the Blessed at PrideFest booth was back," 10 June 2019 Marin Mazzie, a beloved stage actress who died of ovarian cancer last year, received a posthumous special Tony Award in recognition of her advocacy for women’s health. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "Who Won and What Happened at the 2019 Tony Awards," 9 June 2019 Adidas Love Unites Collection Adidas is kicking off Pride with a new iteration of its Love Unites collection–a global call for people to come together in recognition of the progress made since the Stonewall Riots. James Love, Essence, "Happy Pride Month! Celebrate Love And Inclusivity With These Fire Collaborations," 7 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce recognition (audio) \

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 How to pronounce recognition (audio) \

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 How to pronounce recognition (audio) \

Legal Definition of recognition

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

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