Definition of acknowledge verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    acknowledge

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əkˈnɒlɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əkˈnɑːlɪdʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they acknowledge
    BrE BrE//əkˈnɒlɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əkˈnɑːlɪdʒ//
     
    he / she / it acknowledges
    BrE BrE//əkˈnɒlɪdʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əkˈnɑːlɪdʒɪz//
     
    past simple acknowledged
    BrE BrE//əkˈnɒlɪdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əkˈnɑːlɪdʒd//
     
    past participle acknowledged
    BrE BrE//əkˈnɒlɪdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əkˈnɑːlɪdʒd//
     
    -ing form acknowledging
    BrE BrE//əkˈnɒlɪdʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əkˈnɑːlɪdʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to accept that something is true acknowledge something She refuses to acknowledge the need for reform. Are you prepared to acknowledge your responsibility? a generally acknowledged fact acknowledge that… I did not acknowledge that he had done anything wrong. acknowledge something to be, have, etc. something It is generally acknowledged to be true. Synonymsadmitacknowledge recognize concede confessThese words all mean to agree, often unwillingly, that something is true.admit to agree, often unwillingly, that something is true:It was a stupid thing to do, I admit.acknowledge (rather formal) to accept that something exists, is true or has happened:She refuses to acknowledge the need for reform.recognize to admit or be aware that something exists or is true:They recognized the need to take the problem seriously.concede (rather formal) to admit, often unwillingly, that something is true or logical:He was forced to concede (that) there might be difficulties.admit or concede?When somebody admits something, they are usually agreeing that something which is generally considered bad or wrong is true or has happened, especially when it relates to their own actions. When somebody concedes something, they are usually accepting, unwillingly, that a particular fact or statement is true or logical.confess (rather formal) to admit something that you feel ashamed or embarrassed about:She was reluctant to confess her ignorance.Patterns to admit/​acknowledge/​recognize/​concede/​confess that… to admit/​confess to something to admit/​concede/​confess something to somebody to admit/​acknowledge/​recognize the truth to admit/​confess your mistakes/​ignorance
  2. accept status
  3. 2  to accept that somebody/something has a particular authority or status synonym recognize acknowledge somebody/something The country acknowledged his claim to the throne. acknowledge somebody/something as something He is widely acknowledged as the best player in the world. acknowledge somebody/something to be, have, etc. something He is widely acknowledged to be the best player in the world.
  4. reply to letter
  5. 3acknowledge something to tell somebody that you have received something that they sent to you All applications will be acknowledged. Please acknowledge receipt of this letter.
  6. smile/wave
  7. 4acknowledge somebody/something to show that you have noticed somebody/something by smiling, waving, etc. I was standing right next to her, but she didn't even acknowledge me. He waved, acknowledging the applause.
  8. express thanks
  9. 5acknowledge something to publicly express thanks for help you have been given I gratefully acknowledge financial support from several local businesses. He is always ready to acknowledge his debt to his teachers.
  10. Word Origin late 15th cent.: from the obsolete Middle English verb knowledge, influenced by obsolete acknow ‘acknowledge, confess’.Extra examples I hereby acknowledge receipt of your letter of 25 July. Mental illness can exist for years before families are forced to acknowledge the truth. The company duly acknowledged receipt of the letter. The peace settlement effectively acknowledged the country’s independence. They barely acknowledged each other. a truth that is universally acknowledged He did not acknowledge that he had done anything wrong. He did not even acknowledge the question. It’s a generally acknowledged fact.
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