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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 ?
And then and there Jo renounced her old ambition, pledged herself to a new and better one, acknowledging the poverty of other desires, and feeling the blessed solace of a belief in the immortality of love.
The rulers, and the wise and learned men of the community, were longer in acknowledging the influence of Hester's good qualities than the people.
They were nearly all Islanders in the Pequod, Isolatoes too, I call such, not acknowledging the common continent of men, but each Isolato living on a separate continent of his own.
He perfectly knew his own meaning; and having warmly protested against her suspicion as most injurious, and slightly touched upon his respect for Miss Smith as her friend, but acknowledging his wonder that Miss Smith should be mentioned at all,he resumed the subject of his own passion, and was very urgent for a favourable answer.
Had he been in a situation to act independently and marry immediately, it might have been odd that he should leave us without acknowledging everything to me at once: but this is not the case.
During this interval, even Adele was seldom sent for to his presence, and all my acquaintance with him was confined to an occasional rencontre in the hall, on the stairs, or in the gallery, when he would sometimes pass me haughtily and coldly, just acknowledging my presence by a distant nod or a cool glance, and sometimes bow and smile with gentlemanlike affability.
I don't mind acknowledging to you that I've got rather a grudging disposition, and want to keep off all intruders.
As we neared home, Joe vaguely acknowledging the occasion as an impressive and ceremonious one, went on ahead to open the front door.
But acknowledging his guest to be such a ``good fellow'' as has seldom graced his board, the holy man at length produces the best his cell affords.
I ax your pardon, sir, acknowledging you for to be captaing at this present; but I claim my right, and steps outside for a council.
The pride of states, as well as of men, naturally disposes them to justify all their actions, and opposes their acknowledging, correcting, or repairing their errors and offenses.
You make the demand badly," replied Aramis; "and while acknowledging the justice of your reclamation, I refuse it on account of the form.