recognize

verb
rec·​og·​nize | \ ˈre-kig-ˌnīz How to pronounce recognize (audio) , -kəg- \
recognized; recognizing

Definition of recognize

transitive verb

1 : to acknowledge formally: such as
a : to admit as being lord or sovereign
b : to admit as being of a particular status
c : to admit as being one entitled to be heard : give the floor to
d : to acknowledge the de facto existence or the independence of
2 : to acknowledge or take notice of in some definite way: such as
a : to acknowledge with a show of appreciation recognize an act of bravery with the award of a medal
b : to acknowledge acquaintance with recognize a neighbor with a nod
3a : to perceive to be something or someone previously known recognized the word
b : to perceive clearly : realize

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Other Words from recognize

recognizability \ ˌre-​kig-​ˌnī-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce recognizability (audio) , -​kəg-​ \ noun
recognizable \ ˈre-​kəg-​ˌnī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce recognizable (audio) , -​kig-​ \ adjective
recognizably \ ˈre-​kəg-​ˌnī-​zə-​blē How to pronounce recognizably (audio) , -​kig-​ \ adverb
recognizer noun

Examples of recognize in a Sentence

I didn't recognize you at first with your new haircut. I can always recognize him from far away by the way he walks. They recognized the odor at once. The U.S. government has now recognized the newly formed country. They refused to recognize the treaty.
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Recent Examples on the Web Santa Monica, California, is one community that, by tracking indicators of well-being, recognized a challenge with loneliness. Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, "Surveying hope: Can US instill optimism in regions of ‘despair’?," 5 Nov. 2019 Actors and jazz musicians recognized the talent of black artists and aspired to match their aptitude. Brianna Holt, Quartzy, "Teens on TikTok have no clue they’re perpetuating racist stereotypes," 1 Nov. 2019 Morgan is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women and children. Coast Magazine, Orange County Register, "White House appoints Vanguard University leader to council on human trafficking," 31 Oct. 2019 She was recognized as the top beat writer in the USA TODAY Network for 2018 and as the top Detroit auto writer by the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2019. Freep.com, "Out of Gear: Follow the full Ford investigation," 28 Oct. 2019 Krieger honored Orlando Pride defender Ali Krieger was recognized when NWSL unveiled the Best XI voted on by fans, players, general managers, coaches and select members of the media. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Brazilian star Marta signs contract extension with Orlando Pride," 26 Oct. 2019 That’s why Google has recognized the matriarchal icon for its users in Nigeria with a Google Doodle today (Oct. 25) on what would have been her 119th birthday. Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa, "Google Doodle is celebrating the Nigerian icon Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti," 25 Oct. 2019 Trump is not the first president to recognize sports figures. David Nakamura, courant.com, "Rejected by sports teams, Trump finds a new method to handpick athletes for White House ceremonies," 17 Sep. 2019 Facebook will work with law enforcement organizations to train its artificial intelligence systems to recognize videos of violent events, the company said Tuesday. CBS News, "Facebook to train AI systems using police firearms training videos," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of recognize

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for recognize

modification of Anglo-French reconois-, stem of reconoistre, from Latin recognoscere, from re- + cognoscere to know — more at cognition

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The first known use of recognize was in 1537

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23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Recognize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recognizable?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=r&file=recogn05. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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More Definitions for recognize

recognize

verb
How to pronounce recognize (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of recognize

: to know and remember (someone or something) because of previous knowledge or experience
: to accept or be aware that (something) is true or exists
: to accept and approve of (something) as having legal or official authority

recognize

verb
rec·​og·​nize | \ ˈre-kig-ˌnīz How to pronounce recognize (audio) \
recognized; recognizing

Kids Definition of recognize

1 : to know and remember upon seeing I recognized an old friend.
2 : to be willing to accept I recognized my own faults.
3 : to take approving notice of They recognized his bravery with a medal.

recognize

transitive verb
rec·​og·​nize
recognized; recognizing

Legal Definition of recognize

1 : to acknowledge formally: as
a : to admit as being of a particular status recognize a precedent recognize a union specifically : to acknowledge (as a right, cause of action, or defense) as valid
b : to admit as being one entitled to be heard : give the floor to
c : to acknowledge the de facto existence or the independence of refused to recognize the new government
2 : to account for as real, received, or incurred and treat and record appropriately specifically : to account for (a gain, loss, expense, or income) on current accounting or tax records recognized the gain when she included it as income on her tax return — compare realize

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