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Meaning & Definition of Acknowledge in English

English

Acknowledge

/æknɑlɪʤ/

verb

1. Declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of

  • "He admitted his errors"
  • "She acknowledged that she might have forgotten"
    synonym:
  • admit
  • ,
  • acknowledge

2. Report the receipt of

  • "The program committee acknowledged the submission of the authors of the paper"
    synonym:
  • acknowledge
  • ,
  • receipt

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • notice
  • ,
  • acknowledge

4. Express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for

  • "We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us"
    synonym:
  • acknowledge
  • ,
  • recognize
  • ,
  • recognise

5. Accept as legally binding and valid

  • "Acknowledge the deed"
    synonym:
  • acknowledge

6. 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"
    synonym:
  • acknowledge
  • ,
  • recognize
  • ,
  • recognise
  • ,
  • know