Definition of acknowledgement noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also acknowledgment) noun
    BrE BrE//əkˈnɒlɪdʒmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əkˈnɑːlɪdʒmənt//
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  1. 1[singular, uncountable] an act of accepting that something exists or is true, or that something is there This report is an acknowledgement of the size of the problem. She gave me a smile of acknowledgement (= showed that she had seen and recognized me). There is acknowledgement on his part that he was to blame.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] an act or a statement expressing thanks to somebody; something that is given to somebody as thanks The flowers were a small acknowledgement of your kindness. I was sent a free copy in acknowledgement of my contribution.
  3. 3[countable] a letter or an email saying that something has been received I didn't receive an acknowledgement of my application.
  4. 4[countable, usually plural] a statement, especially at the beginning of a book, in which the writer expresses thanks to the people who have helped a page of acknowledgements
  5. Extra examples He raised his hand to her in acknowledgement. I wrote to them but never got any acknowledgement. She is still waiting for some acknowledgement from her fellow academics. She merely nodded acknowledgement of his statement. This amounted to an acknowledgement that she had been wrong. I didn’t receive an acknowledgement of my application. It may be appropriate to request a written acknowledgement of receipt.

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