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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Recent Examples on the Web But officials want their seniors to know: This milestone won't go unrecognized. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "How Arizona schools are trying to replace traditional proms and graduation ceremonies," 8 May 2020 The social media phenomenon #ILookLikeASurgeon highlights the widespread experiences of women going unrecognized as surgeons. Sarah Temkin, STAT, "When surgery becomes ‘women’s work’: the devaluation of gynecologic specialties," 12 Mar. 2020 Yet often, the female activists that play an integral role in the biggest achievements of the movement have gone unrecognized. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Animal activism is a boys’ club. Silicon Valley could change that," 13 Feb. 2020 Before all of that, Johnson's work went largely unrecognized. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Taraji P. Henson pays tribute to Katherine Johnson," 25 Feb. 2020 But in most of that coverage, the work of other essential workers — such as sanitation personnel, grocery store clerks and truck drivers — has largely gone unrecognized. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Truck drivers, grocery store workers and more unsung heroes of the coronavirus pandemic," 20 Mar. 2020 With a focus on thousands of serious cases, mild or asymptomatic courses that possibly account for the bulk of the 2019-nCoV infections might remain largely unrecognized, in particular during the influenza season. Jason Gale, Fortune, "‘Vastly underestimated:’ Coronavirus outbreak may infect 500,000 in Wuhan alone before it peaks," 10 Feb. 2020 Malnutrition had often gone unrecognized as a direct or contributing cause of death because death certificates typically cited an underlying disease, like cancer or liver failure. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, "Dr. Stanley Dudrick, who saved post-surgical patients, dies at 84," 27 Feb. 2020 Why not present them with nine entirely deserving and thus far unrecognized women? Courtney E. Smith, refinery29.com, "Whitney Houston Is The Only Woman Who Will Be Inducted To The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame This Year," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unrecognized

1710, in the meaning defined above

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“Unrecognized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrecognized. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unrecognized

: not given deserved attention or notice
: not known about

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