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 recognize (audio) , -​kəg-​ \ noun
recognizable \ ˈre-​kəg-​ˌnī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce recognize (audio) , -​kig-​ \ adjective
recognizably \ ˈre-​kəg-​ˌnī-​zə-​blē How to pronounce recognize (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 Israel does not officially recognize the village, where Ismail’s family has long lived. Washington Post, "For first time in two decades, mass protests erupt among Israel’s Arab citizens," 12 May 2021 Israel annexed it after 1967, a claim most of the world does not recognize. New York Times, "After Raid on Aqsa Mosque, Rockets From Gaza and Israeli Airstrikes," 10 May 2021 Equity may be difficult to parse since our biases are ingrained and, despite unconscious bias training, people don't change their behaviors or don’t recognize how their biases have shaped their behaviors. Ellevate, Forbes, "Diversity Is An Outcome," 6 May 2021 Crystal and Zweibel don’t even recognize how far comedy has shifted since their respective SNL stints, and evidently no one had the heart to tell them. Kyle Smith, National Review, "When Oldie Met Sally," 5 May 2021 The Orthodox Union, an umbrella group in the United States, similarly does not recognize women as rabbis and prohibits its member synagogues from hiring women as clergy. Ben Sales, sun-sentinel.com, "For the first time, a woman will lead an Israeli Orthodox synagogue," 5 May 2021 According to court records, the lead medical complaint in Rathburn's request for release is psoriatic arthritis, which the Centers for Disease Control does not recognize as a condition that increases COVID-19 risk. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Grosse Pointe man begs for prison release due to COVID-19 fears — but refuses vaccine," 5 May 2021 Hamas does not recognize Israel's right to exist and has fought three wars with it since seizing control of Gaza. Star Tribune, "Hamas rejects idea of postponing Palestinian elections," 29 Apr. 2021 Hamas does not recognize Israel's right to exist and has fought three wars with it since seizing control of Gaza. Joseph Krauss, ajc, "Abbas delays Palestinian elections; Hamas slams 'coup'," 29 Apr. 2021

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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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15 May 2021

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“Recognize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recognize. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for recognize

recognize

verb

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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