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ac·knowl·edge

 (ăk-nŏl′ĭj)
tr.v. ac·knowl·edged, ac·knowl·edg·ing, ac·knowl·edg·es
1. To admit the existence or truth of: The doctors acknowledged that the treatment had not been successful.
2.
a. To express recognition of; make notice of: "When he saw me acknowledge him, he smiled as if we were dear friends" (Angela Patrinos).
b. To express gratitude or appreciation for or to: acknowledged the contributions of the volunteers; acknowledged her editor in the preface to the book.
3. To report the receipt of (something) to the sender or giver: acknowledge a letter.
4. Law To accept or certify as legally binding: acknowledge a deed of ownership.

[Probably blend of Middle English knowlechen, to acknowledge (from knouen, to know; see know) and Middle English aknouen, to recognize (from Old English oncnāwan, to know : on-, on; see on + cnāwan, to know; see know).]

ac·knowl′edge·a·ble adj.
Synonyms: acknowledge, admit, own, confess, concede
These verbs express an acceptance of the reality or truth of something, especially something inconvenient, embarrassing, or detrimental to oneself. To acknowledge is to openly accept the truth of something that is usually already known or suspected: She acknowledged her mistake in a statement to the press.
Admit can suggest the acknowledgment of behavior or intentions that one knows to be wrong, embarrassing, or unseemly: He admitted under questioning that he had falsified his résumé.
Own or more commonly own up stresses acceptance of personal responsibility: "Recovering addicts ... say that when you are really in recovery, you want to own up to everything related to your drug use" (Michael Bamberger).
Confess often suggests disclosure of something that one is uncomfortable keeping to oneself: I have to confess that I lied to you.
To concede is to accept, often with reluctance or qualifications, what cannot reasonably be denied: "He conceded that he himself was not a great performer, but felt he had something that was even more important than acting ability" (Jeffrey Meyers).

acknowledge

(əkˈnɒlɪdʒ)
vb (tr)
1. (may take a clause as object) to recognize or admit the existence, truth, or reality of
2. to indicate recognition or awareness of, as by a greeting, glance, etc
3. to express appreciation or thanks for: to acknowledge a gift.
4. to make the receipt of known to the sender: to acknowledge a letter.
5. to recognize, esp in legal form, the authority, rights, or claims of
[C15: probably from earlier knowledge, on the model of Old English oncnāwan, Middle English aknowen to confess, recognize]
acˈknowledgeable adj
acˈknowledger n

ac•knowl•edge

(ækˈnɒl ɪdʒ)

v.t. -edged, -edg•ing.
1. to admit to be real or true; recognize the existence, truth, or fact of.
2. to show or express recognition or realization of: to acknowledge applause by nodding.
3. to recognize the authority, validity, or claims of.
4. to show or express appreciation or gratitude for: to acknowledge a favor.
5. to indicate or make known the receipt of, as with a reply: to acknowledge a letter.
6. Law. to confirm as binding or of legal force.
[1475–85; acknowleche, probably b. Middle English aknou(en) to recognize and knouleche knowledge]
ac•knowl′edge•a•ble, adj.
ac•knowl′edg•er, n.
syn: acknowledge, admit, confess agree in the idea of declaring something to be true. acknowledge implies making a statement reluctantly, often about something previously doubted or denied: to acknowledge one's mistakes. admit esp. implies acknowledging under pressure: to admit a charge. confess usu. means stating somewhat formally an admission of wrongdoing or shortcoming: to confess guilt; to confess an inability to understand.

acknowledge


Past participle: acknowledged
Gerund: acknowledging

Imperative
acknowledge
acknowledge
Present
I acknowledge
you acknowledge
he/she/it acknowledges
we acknowledge
you acknowledge
they acknowledge
Preterite
I acknowledged
you acknowledged
he/she/it acknowledged
we acknowledged
you acknowledged
they acknowledged
Present Continuous
I am acknowledging
you are acknowledging
he/she/it is acknowledging
we are acknowledging
you are acknowledging
they are acknowledging
Present Perfect
I have acknowledged
you have acknowledged
he/she/it has acknowledged
we have acknowledged
you have acknowledged
they have acknowledged
Past Continuous
I was acknowledging
you were acknowledging
he/she/it was acknowledging
we were acknowledging
you were acknowledging
they were acknowledging
Past Perfect
I had acknowledged
you had acknowledged
he/she/it had acknowledged
we had acknowledged
you had acknowledged
they had acknowledged
Future
I will acknowledge
you will acknowledge
he/she/it will acknowledge
we will acknowledge
you will acknowledge
they will acknowledge
Future Perfect
I will have acknowledged
you will have acknowledged
he/she/it will have acknowledged
we will have acknowledged
you will have acknowledged
they will have acknowledged
Future Continuous
I will be acknowledging
you will be acknowledging
he/she/it will be acknowledging
we will be acknowledging
you will be acknowledging
they will be acknowledging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been acknowledging
you have been acknowledging
he/she/it has been acknowledging
we have been acknowledging
you have been acknowledging
they have been acknowledging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been acknowledging
you will have been acknowledging
he/she/it will have been acknowledging
we will have been acknowledging
you will have been acknowledging
they will have been acknowledging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been acknowledging
you had been acknowledging
he/she/it had been acknowledging
we had been acknowledging
you had been acknowledging
they had been acknowledging
Conditional
I would acknowledge
you would acknowledge
he/she/it would acknowledge
we would acknowledge
you would acknowledge
they would acknowledge
Past Conditional
I would have acknowledged
you would have acknowledged
he/she/it would have acknowledged
we would have acknowledged
you would have acknowledged
they would have acknowledged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.acknowledge - declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth ofacknowledge - declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of; "He admitted his errors"; "She acknowledged that she might have forgotten"
attorn - acknowledge a new land owner as one's landlord; "he was attorned by the tenants"
write off - concede the loss or worthlessness of something or somebody; "write it off as a loss"
make no bones about - acknowledge freely and openly; "He makes no bones about the fact that he is gay"
sustain - admit as valid; "The court sustained the motion"
concede, confess, profess - admit (to a wrongdoing); "She confessed that she had taken the money"
confess - confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith
confess, fink, squeal - confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure
avouch, avow - admit openly and bluntly; make no bones about
adjudge, declare, hold - declare to be; "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent"
2.acknowledge - report the receipt ofacknowledge - report the receipt of; "The program committee acknowledged the submission of the authors of the paper"
communicate, pass along, put across, pass on, pass - transmit information ; "Please communicate this message to all employees"; "pass along the good news"
3.acknowledge - express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance withacknowledge - express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with; "He never acknowledges his colleagues when they run into him in the hallway"; "She acknowledged his complement with a smile"; "it is important to acknowledge the work of others in one's own writing"
react, respond - show a response or a reaction to something
cite, mention - commend; "he was cited for his outstanding achievements"
4.acknowledge - express obligation, thanks, or gratitude foracknowledge - express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for; "We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us"
give thanks, thank - express gratitude or show appreciation to
appreciate - recognize with gratitude; be grateful for
5.acknowledge - accept as legally binding and validacknowledge - accept as legally binding and valid; "acknowledge the deed"
accept - consider or hold as true; "I cannot accept the dogma of this church"; "accept an argument"
6.acknowledge - accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authorityacknowledge - accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority; "The Crown Prince was acknowledged as the true heir to the throne"; "We do not recognize your gods"
accept - consider or hold as true; "I cannot accept the dogma of this church"; "accept an argument"

acknowledge

verb
1. admit, own up, allow, accept, reveal, grant, declare, recognize, yield, concede, confess, disclose, affirm, profess, divulge, accede, acquiesce, 'fess up (U.S. slang) He acknowledged that he was a drug addict.
admit deny, reject, discount, contradict, renounce, repudiate, disclaim
2. recognize, know, see, accept, note, celebrate, perceive He is acknowledged as an excellent goal-keeper.
3. greet, address, notice, recognize, salute, nod to, accost, tip your hat to He saw her but refused to even acknowledge her.
greet reject, ignore, snub, disregard, disdain, spurn
4. reply to, answer, notice, recognize, respond to, come back to, react to, write back to, retort to They sent me a postcard acknowledging my request.
reply to deny, ignore, disregard, rebut, disavow

acknowledge

verb
1. To recognize, often reluctantly, the reality or truth of:
Slang: fess up.
Chiefly Regional: allow.
2. To express recognition of:
Translations
يُحَيِّـي، يُسَلِّـم عَلَىيُعَبِّر عَن شُكْرِهيَعْتَرِف بِ
odpovědět na pozdravpoděkovatpotvrdit příjemprojevit vděčnostreagovat
bekræfteerkendehilseindrømmetakke
nyugtáz
heilsa; taka kveîjuòakkastaîfesta móttöku áviîurkenna
išreikšti padėkąpadėkapasveikintipatvirtintipranešimas apie gavimą
apliecinātapstiprinātatzītizrādīt, ka pazīst kāduizteikt atzinību /pateicību
opätovať pozdravpotvrdiť príjemprejaviť vďačnosť
potrditipriznati
aldığını bildirmekgördüğünü belli etmekkabul etmekselâmlamakteşekkür etmek

acknowledge

[əkˈnɒlɪdʒ] VT
1. (= admit) → reconocer; [+ claim, truth] → admitir; [+ crime] → confesarse culpable de
I acknowledge thatreconozco que ...
to acknowledge defeatdarse por vencido
to acknowledge that sb is superior; acknowledge sb as superiorreconocer que algn es mejor
to acknowledge sb as leaderreconocer a algn como jefe
I acknowledge myself the loserreconozco que he perdido
she acknowledged herself in the wrongreconoció que estaba equivocada
2. (= thank for) [+ favour, gift] → agradecer, dar las gracias por
3. (also acknowledge receipt of) [+ letter] → acusar recibo de
4. (= greet) [+ person] → saludar; (= reply to) [+ greeting] → contestar a

acknowledge

[ækˈnɒlɪdʒ] vt
(= admit) [+ fact, problem, legitimacy] → reconnaître
to acknowledge sb as sth → reconnaître qn comme qch
He is widely acknowledged as an excellent goalkeeper → Il est largement reconnu comme un excellent gardien de but.
to acknowledge that ... → reconnaître que ...
(= show appreciation, recognition of) [+ applause, cheering, compliments, kindness] → saluer en réponse à
[+ person] → adresser un regard à qn
He never even bothered to acknowledge her → Il n'a jamais pris la peine même de lui adresser un regard.
[+ letter, parcel] (by replying)accuser réception de
They sent me a postcard acknowledging my application → Ils m'ont envoyé une carte accusant réception de ma candidature.
to acknowledge receipt of sth → accuser réception de qch

acknowledge

vtanerkennen; quotationangeben; (= admit) truth, fault, defeat etceingestehen, zugeben; (= note receipt of) letter, present etcden Empfang bestätigen von; (= respond to) greetings, cheers etcerwidern; to acknowledge oneself beatensich geschlagen geben; to acknowledge somebody’s presence/existencejds Anwesenheit/Existenz zur Kenntnis nehmen

acknowledge

[əkˈnɒlɪdʒ] vt (mistake) → riconoscere, ammettere; (truth) → riconoscere; (claim) → prendere atto di; (letter) (also acknowledge receipt of) → accusare ricevuta di; (help, present) → manifestare la propria gratitudine per; (greeting) → rispondere a, ricambiare
I smiled at him but he didn't even acknowledge me → gli ho sorriso ma lui non ha nemmeno dato segno di accorgersi di me
to acknowledge sb as leader → riconoscere qn come capo
to acknowledge o.s. beaten → ammettere la propria sconfitta

acknowledge

(əkˈnolidʒ) verb
1. to admit as being fact. He acknowledged defeat; He acknowledged that I was right.
2. to say (usually in writing) that one has received (something). He acknowledged the letter.
3. to give thanks for. He acknowledged their help.
4. to greet someone. He acknowledged her by waving.
acknowledg(e)ment noun

acknowledge

vt. reconocer, agradecer; [correspondence] acusar recibo.
References in classic literature ?
Then it was that Jo, living in the darkened room, with that suffering little sister always before her eyes and that pathetic voice sounding in her ears, learned to see the beauty and to sweetness of Beth's nature, to feel how deep and tender a place she filled in all hearts, and to acknowledge the worth of Beth's unselfish ambition to live for others, and make home happy by that exercise of those simple virtues which all may possess, and which all should love and value more than talent, wealth, or beauty.
She had given reasons which he was unwilling to acknowledge as adequate.
Monsieur de Montcalm will readily acknowledge the difference in our situation," he said, with some embarrassment, pointing at the same time toward those dangerous foes, who were to be seen in almost every direction.
Thus, Hepzibah was well content to acknowledge Phoebe's vastly superior gifts as a shop-keeper'--she listened, with compliant ear, to her suggestion of various methods whereby the influx of trade might be increased, and rendered profitable, without a hazardous outlay of capital.
His gestures, his gait, his grizzled beard, his slightest and most indifferent acts, the very fashion of his garments, were odious in the clergyman's sight; a token implicitly to be relied on of a deeper antipathy in the breast of the latter than he was willing to acknowledge to himself.
To do that would mean, not merely to be defeated, but to acknowledge defeat--and the difference between these two things is what keeps the world going.
If Europe ever becomes a grand council of free nations,--as I trust in God it will,--if, there, serfdom, and all unjust and oppressive social inequalities, are done away; and if they, as France and England have done, acknowledge our position,--then, in the great congress of nations, we will make our appeal, and present the cause of our enslaved and suffering race; and it cannot be that free, enlightened America will not then desire to wipe from her escutcheon that bar sinister which disgraces her among nations, and is as truly a curse to her as to the enslaved.
Do what one may, there is no getting an air of variety into a court circular, I acknowledge that.
Well, I don't like to acknowledge it, Dorcas, but I don't see how I can consistently stick to my doubts in the face of such overwhelming proof as this dog is furnishing.
We tried to comfort him, but he said it warn't much use, he couldn't be much comforted; said if we was a mind to acknowledge him, that would do him more good than most anything else; so we said we would, if he would tell us how.
He actu'ly begun to come out plain and square towards trial time and acknowledge that he TRIED to kill the man.
Woodhouse's life; and upon being applied to, he could not but acknowledge (though it seemed rather against the bias of inclination) that weddingcake might certainly disagree with manyperhaps with most people, unless taken moderately.