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 Idaho and Wyoming share a border, but wildlife doesn’t recognize borders so collared animals in one state can end up in a neighboring state, especially in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Popular Science, "GPS collars help wildlife researchers answer important questions," 23 Mar. 2020 Even as many of us are mainly confined to homes these days to wait out the coronavirus pandemic, officials recognize the need for exercise and nature. National Geographic, "Are you one of our 132 million Instagram followers?," 20 Mar. 2020 Idaho and Wyoming share a border, but wildlife doesn’t recognize borders so collared animals in one state can end up in a neighboring state, especially in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Kris Millgate, Outdoor Life, "5 Things Researchers Learn From GPS Collars," 18 Mar. 2020 Gierl also took issue with the city not recognizing a protest petition filed by neighbors. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Highland Road development a top issue in Mequon alderman race," 18 Mar. 2020 And since the cells don’t recognize coronavirus, the cells don’t trigger the immune system, Mark Cameron, an associate professor in Case Western Reserve University’s school of medicine said. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Will the shingles vaccine help me fight coronavirus? No. Here’s why," 13 Mar. 2020 The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day was #EachforEqual, which stresses the need to recognize equality not just as a women’s issue, but as a pertinent matter of business as well. Bill Rylance, Quartz at Work, "The problem with diversity targets in the workplace," 10 Mar. 2020 Neural networks, which are adept at recognizing patterns, are deployed across various industries and consumer technologies for uses such as image and speech recognition. Quanta Magazine, "Machine Learning Takes On Antibiotic Resistance," 9 Mar. 2020 At first, the day was referred to as National Women's Day, but in 1913, Russia recognized International Women's Day as a holiday. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is International Women's Day and When Do We Celebrate It?," 5 Mar. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Recognize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recognize. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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