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(ˈrɛk əgˌnaɪz)
v.t. -nised, -nis•ing.
Chiefly Brit. recognize.


Past participle: recognised
Gerund: recognising

I recognise
you recognise
he/she/it recognises
we recognise
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they recognise
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Present Continuous
I am recognising
you are recognising
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we are recognising
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Present Perfect
I have recognised
you have recognised
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we have recognised
you have recognised
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Past Continuous
I was recognising
you were recognising
he/she/it was recognising
we were recognising
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Past Perfect
I had recognised
you had recognised
he/she/it had recognised
we had recognised
you had recognised
they had recognised
I will recognise
you will recognise
he/she/it will recognise
we will recognise
you will recognise
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Future Perfect
I will have recognised
you will have recognised
he/she/it will have recognised
we will have recognised
you will have recognised
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Future Continuous
I will be recognising
you will be recognising
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we will be recognising
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been recognising
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been recognising
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we will have been recognising
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been recognising
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I would recognise
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.recognise - show approval or appreciation of; "My work is not recognized by anybody!"; "The best student was recognized by the Dean"
prize, treasure, value, appreciate - hold dear; "I prize these old photographs"
honor, honour, reward - bestow honor or rewards upon; "Today we honor our soldiers"; "The scout was rewarded for courageous action"
rubricate - place in the church calendar as a red-letter day honoring a saint; "She was rubricated by the pope"
2.recognise - grant credentials torecognise - grant credentials to; "The Regents officially recognized the new educational institution"; "recognize an academic degree"
licence, license, certify - authorize officially; "I am licensed to practice law in this state"
3.recognise - detect with the senses; "The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards"; "I can't make out the faces in this photograph"
resolve - make clearly visible; "can this image be resolved?"
discriminate - distinguish; "I could not discriminate the different tastes in this complicated dish"
4.recognise - express greetings upon meeting someone
shake hands - take someone's hands and shake them as a gesture of greeting or congratulation
curtsy, bob - make a curtsy; usually done only by girls and women; as a sign of respect; "She curtsied when she shook the Queen's hand"
salute - greet in a friendly way; "I meet this men every day on my way to work and he salutes me"
salute, present - recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position; "When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"
salute - honor with a military ceremony, as when honoring dead soldiers
herald, hail - greet enthusiastically or joyfully
welcome, receive - bid welcome to; greet upon arrival
say farewell - say good-bye or bid farewell
bid, wish - invoke upon; "wish you a nice evening"; "bid farewell"
accost, come up to, address - speak to someone
5.recognise - express obligation, thanks, or gratitude forrecognise - 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
6.recognise - be fully aware or cognizant ofrecognise - be fully aware or cognizant of  
cognise, cognize, know - be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about; "I know that the President lied to the people"; "I want to know who is winning the game!"; "I know it's time"
know - know the nature or character of; "we all knew her as a big show-off"
7.recognise - perceive to be the same
recall, recollect, remember, call back, call up, retrieve, think - recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection; "I can't remember saying any such thing"; "I can't think what her last name was"; "can you remember her phone number?"; "Do you remember that he once loved you?"; "call up memories"
identify - consider to be equal or the same; "He identified his brother as one of the fugitives"
8.recognise - accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authorityrecognise - 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"
يَعْتَرِفيَعْتَرِف بيَعْرِف، يَتَعَرَّف علىيَقْبَل سُلْطَة
òekkja, bera kennsl áviîurkennaviîurkenna, gangast viî
erkännakänna igen



(ˈrekəgnaiz) verb
1. to see, hear etc (a person, thing etc) and know who or what that person, thing etc is, because one has seen or heard him, it etc before. I recognized his voice/handwriting; I recognized him by his voice.
2. to admit, acknowledge. Everyone recognized his skill.
3. to be willing to have political relations with. Many countries were unwilling to recognize the new republic.
4. to accept as valid, well-qualified etc. I don't recognize the authority of this court.
ˌrecogˈnizable, ˌrecogˈnisable adjective
(negative unrecognizable).
ˌrecogˈnizably, ˌrecogˈnisably adverb
ˌrecogˈnition (-ˈniʃən) noun
the act or state of recognizing or being recognized. They gave the boy a medal in recognition of his courage; I said hello to him but he showed no recognition.
References in classic literature ?
No aim that I have ever cherished would they recognise as laudable; no success of mine -- if my life, beyond its domestic scope, had ever been brightened by success -- would they deem otherwise than worthless, if not positively disgraceful.
No: the reason was this: that from the fatal experiences of the fishery there hung a terrible prestige of perilousness about such a whale as there did about Rinaldo Rinaldini, insomuch that most fishermen were content to recognise him by merely touching their tarpaulins when he would be discovered lounging by them on the sea, without seeking to cultivate a more intimate acquaintance.
Thereby, the whale commanders are enabled to recognise each other upon the ocean, even at considerable distances, and with no small facility.
Besides this earth, and besides the race of men, there is an invisible world and a kingdom of spirits: that world is round us, for it is everywhere; and those spirits watch us, for they are commissioned to guard us; and if we were dying in pain and shame, if scorn smote us on all sides, and hatred crushed us, angels see our tortures, recognise our innocence (if innocent we be: as I know you are of this charge which Mr.
And that pretty girl-widow, I should like to know her history: whether she be a native of the country, or, as is more probable, an exotic that the surly INDIGENAE will not recognise for kin.
It would have been difficult by a far brighter light, to recognise in Doctor Manette, intellectual of face and upright of bearing, the shoemaker of the garret in Paris.
It was a much greater surprise to Scrooge to recognise it as his own nephew's and to find himself in a bright, dry, gleaming room, with the Spirit standing smiling by his side, and looking at that same nephew with approving affability.