recognition

noun

rec·​og·​ni·​tion ˌre-kig-ˈni-shən How to pronounce recognition (audio)
-kəg-
1
: the action of recognizing : the state of being recognized: such as
a
: acknowledgment
especially : formal acknowledgment of the political existence of a government or nation
b
: knowledge or feeling that someone or something present has been encountered before
2
: special notice or attention
3
: the sensing and encoding of printed or written data by a machine
optical character recognition
magnetic ink character recognition

Example Sentences

The procedure is gaining recognition as the latest advance in organ transplant surgery. The Olympic Committee gave official recognition to the sport. His smile was a recognition that things were not so bad. Her paintings received recognition from her fellow artists. All she wanted was some recognition for her work. He finally received the recognition that he deserved. They were awarded medals in recognition of their bravery. See More
Recent Examples on the Web As awareness about the condition has grown, so too has recognition that autism isn’t an intellectual disability and can occur in people with average and above-average IQs. Alia Wong, USA TODAY, 3 Feb. 2023 But absent an Album of the Year win, this is the best possible recognition the Grammys have given Beyoncé for a comprehensive vision. Vulture, 3 Feb. 2023 Users also like the voice recognition as the HomePod seems to discern which commands are meant for it and which are meant for an iPhone. Danny Perez, Popular Mechanics, 1 Feb. 2023 This recognition marked the actress' first precursor attention ahead of the Oscars. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 1 Feb. 2023 The recognition creates an opportunity to appreciate and learn about Black history and culture, especially through the work of past and contemporary Black artists. Abigail Lee, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Jan. 2023 But the deepening of the alliance, officials say, is rooted in a recognition that the region is becoming a more dangerous place. Ellen Nakashima And Rebecca Tan, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Jan. 2023 But the deepening of the alliance, officials say, is rooted in a recognition that the region is becoming a more dangerous place. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2023 And most of all, these cars will compete for overall victories in the world’s most prestigious endurance races and the substantial recognition that comes with it. Bruce Martin, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English recognicion, from Anglo-French recognition, from Latin recognition-, recognitio, from recognoscere

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of recognition was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Recognition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recognition. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

recognition

noun
rec·​og·​ni·​tion ˌrek-ig-ˈnish-ən How to pronounce recognition (audio)
ˌrek-əg-
1
: the act of recognizing
2
: acknowledgment of something done or given
got a medal in recognition of bravery
3
: formal acknowledgment of the political existence of a government or nation
4
: special attention or notice

Medical Definition

recognition

noun
rec·​og·​ni·​tion ˌrek-əg-ˈnish-ən How to pronounce recognition (audio)
: the form of memory that consists in knowing or feeling that a present object has been met before

Legal Definition

recognition

noun
rec·​og·​ni·​tion ˌre-kəg-ˈni-shən How to pronounce recognition (audio)
1
: the act, process, or fact of recognizing
2
: the state of being recognized
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