un·​rec·​og·​nized | \ ˌən-ˈre-kig-ˌnīzd How to pronounce unrecognized (audio) , -kəg-\

Definition of unrecognized

: not recognized: such as
a : not given deserved attention or notice Her achievements were left unrecognized.
b : not identified, detected, or known a problem that has gone unrecognized for months unrecognized symptoms

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For the past seven years, in the northeast wedge of Syria abutting Turkey, Iraq and Islamic State, a band of zealous Kurds have built an unrecognized state called Rojava and tried to keep it from being overrun. Graeme Wood, WSJ, "‘Long Shot’ Review: Triggering a Revolution," 18 Feb. 2019 Bishops from the Kiev Patriarchate, the Russian church and another unrecognized church met in December to form the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and elected 39-year-old Epifaniy as their leader. James Marson, WSJ, "New Ukrainian Church Officially Recognized, Gains Independence From Russia," 6 Jan. 2019 In one interpretation, the retelling is a parable about the plight of visionary writers unrecognized in their day. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Past Is Never Dead. It’s Not Even Past," 8 Nov. 2018 The robots roam autonomously, looking for signs of trouble, like an unrecognized person entering the building late at night. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Is this robot really going to replace a security guard?," 8 Oct. 2018 These caregivers, veterans groups say, have long gone largely unrecognized and uncompensated. Heidi Vogt, WSJ, "VA Initiative to Support Private Caregivers Falls Short, Report Finds," 17 Aug. 2018 But Nancy Kerrigan, two-time Olympic medalist and U.S. national champion, U.S. Figure Skating, reflected back on a time when this was not only an uncommon occurrence, but an entirely unrecognized need. Danielle Page, USA TODAY, "Empowering advice from today’s top women leaders at the 2018 KPMG Women's Leadership Summit," 2 July 2018 Her scientific contributions went unrecognized while Einstein's were celebrated. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, "A Culminating Event For Readers," 3 July 2018 Unacknowledged or unrecognized trauma makes people desperate, and that can lead to bad things. Tori Telfer, Longreads, "‘I Had Nothing To Do With It But Have Been Punished’: Issac Bailey On His Brother Moochie, the Murderer," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of unrecognized

1710, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unrecognized

: not given deserved attention or notice
: not known about

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