un·​rec·​og·​niz·​able | \ ˌən-ˈre-kəg-ˌnī-zə-bəl How to pronounce unrecognizable (audio) , -kig-\

Definition of unrecognizable

: incapable of being identified or recognized : not recognizable The beaches were unrecognizable after the hurricane. He was unrecognizable without his mustache.

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unrecognizableness noun
unrecognizably \ ˌən-​ˈre-​kəg-​ˌnī-​zə-​blē How to pronounce unrecognizably (audio) , -​kig-​ \ adverb
an unrecognizably altered landscape

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The van reappeared at the center Friday almost unrecognizable. baltimoresun.com, "Van go, van gone, van returned mysteriously to Maryland Book Bank in Baltimore," 6 Aug. 2019 In fact, both would be almost unrecognizable today to someone beaming in from 20 years ago. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Watching 'The West Wing' 20 years later can be depressing and hopeful," 19 July 2019 More than 10,000 years ago, before agriculture and selective plant breeding, early fruits and vegetables were almost unrecognizable by today’s standards. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Nearly all Americans fail to eat enough of this actual superfood," 15 July 2019 An almost unrecognizable Russell Crowe plays the late Fox News chief. chicagotribune.com, "Roger Ailes series on Showtime likely to rile the right and the left," 26 June 2019 With slicked-back grey hair and a frail frame, Salemme is almost unrecognizable from the bulky mob boss depicted in grainy surveillance photos from his heyday. Fox News, "Ex-Mafia boss 'Cadillac Frank' sentenced to life in prison," 13 Sep. 2018 The Regina Hotel, English rose and real-life Rapunzel Lucan Gillespie was practically unrecognizable, ditching her waist-length waves for a pale micropixie courtesy of hairstylist Guido Palau. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Model Chopped Off 3 Feet Hair for the Miu Miu Runway—and She’s Almost Unrecognizable," 1 July 2018 As played by a nearly unrecognizable Russell Crowe, Ailes is depicted as a man of great ambition and great rage. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland.com, "‘Loudest Voice’ fails with rise and fall of Roger Ailes," 28 June 2019 Our favorite movie cop, Kevin James, was unrecognizable while on set for pal Adam Sandler‘s new Netflix film, Hubie Halloween. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Kevin James Is Unrecognizable and Back in Uniform for Adam Sandler's New Netflix Movie," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of unrecognizable

1817, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unrecognizable

: not able to be identified or recognized

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