- 1[singular, uncountable] an act of accepting that something exists or is true, or that something is there This report is an acknowledgment of the size of the problem. She gave me a smile of acknowledgment (= showed that she had seen and recognized me). There is acknowledgment on his part that he was to blame. AWL Collocationsacknowledgeacknowledge verbto accept or admit the existence or truth of somethinggenerally, universally, widely openly, publicly implicitly, tacitly explicitly readilyResearchers have universally acknowledged the need for more studies in this area. Frederick Douglass openly acknowledged his Indian heritage.existence importance limitation mistakeThe study's limitations must be acknowledged. North acknowledges the importance of technological change.thatThe authors acknowledge that some of the results are speculative.fail to refuse to be forced toKamps's analysis fails to acknowledge a key distinction.acknowledged adjectivegenerally, universally, widelyIt is widely acknowledged that the Internet radically alters the commercial environment. Cézanne is the universally acknowledged father of Cubism.acknowledgment nounthe act of accepting that something exists or is trueimplicit, tacit grudging, candid, frankFrom the beginning, the characters’ relationship is marked by a candid acknowledgment of Esther's strength.
- 2[countable, uncountable] an act or a statement expressing thanks to someone; something that is given to someone as thanks I was sent a free copy in acknowledgment of my contribution. The flowers were a small acknowledgment of your kindness.
- 3[countable] a letter saying that something has been received I didn't receive an acknowledgment of my application.
- 4[countable, usually plural] a statement, especially at the beginning of a book, in which the writer expresses thanks to the people who helped a page of acknowledgments
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