recognize

recognize [rek′əg nīz΄]
vt.
recognized, recognizing [altered (infl. by RECOGNIZANCE) < extended stem of OFr reconoistre: see RECOGNIZANCE]
1. to be aware of as something or someone known before, or as the same as that known [to recognize an old friend after many years]
2. to know by some detail, as of appearance; identify [to recognize a butterfly by its coloring]
3. to be aware of the significance of [to recognize symptoms]
4. to acknowledge the existence, validity, authority, or genuineness of [to recognize a claim]
5. to accept as a fact; admit; accept [to recognize defeat]
6. to acknowledge as worthy of appreciation or approval [to recognize devotion]
7. to acknowledge the legal standing of (a government, state, etc.) by some formal action, as by entering into diplomatic relations
8. to show acquaintance with (a person) by greeting
9. to acknowledge as having the right to speak, as in a meeting
recognizer
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • recognize — rec‧og‧nize [ˈrekəgnaɪz, ˈrekən ] also recognise verb [transitive] 1. to know who a person is or what something is, or to know something about them as soon as you see them or hear their name: • How will investors recognize the bottom of the… …   Financial and business terms

  • recognize — rec·og·nize vt nized, niz·ing 1: to acknowledge formally: as a: to admit as being of a particular status recognize a precedent recognize a union; specif: to acknowledge (as a right, cause of action, or defense) as valid b: to admit as being one… …   Law dictionary

  • Recognize — Rec og*nize (r[e^]k [o^]g*n[imac]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Recognized} (r[e^]k [o^]g*n[imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Recognizing} (r[e^]k [o^]g*n[imac] z[i^]ng).] [From {Recognizance}; see {Cognition}, and cf. {Reconnoiter}.] [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recognize — early 15c., resume possession of land, from M.Fr. reconiss , stem of reconoistre to know again, identify, recognize, from O.Fr., from L. recognoscere acknowledge, recall to mind, know again, examine, certify, from re again (see RE (Cf. re )) +… …   Etymology dictionary

  • recognize — [v1] identify admit, be familiar, button down*, descry, determinate, diagnose, diagnosticate, distinguish, espy, finger*, flash on*, know, know again, make*, make out, nail*, note, notice, observe, peg*, perceive, pinpoint, place, recall,… …   New thesaurus

  • Recognize — Rec og*nize, v. i. (Law) To enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal; as, A B recognized in the sum of twenty dollars. [Written also {recognise}.] [1913 Webster] Note: In legal usage in the United States the second syllable is often …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recognize — (Amer.) rec·og·nize || rekÉ™gnaɪz v. identify; identify a person or a thing seen before; acknowledge, know; admit, acknowledge as true (also recognise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • recognize — *acknowledge Analogous words: accept, admit, *receive: notice, note, observe, remark (see SEE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • recognize — recognize, recognition Both words should be pronounced with the g fully articulated …   Modern English usage

  • recognize — (also recognise) ► VERB 1) identify as already known; know again. 2) acknowledge the existence, validity, or legality of. 3) show official appreciation of. DERIVATIVES recognizable adjective. ORIGIN Latin recognoscere, from cognoscere to lea …   English terms dictionary

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