American English

Definition of recognition noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the act of remembering who someone is when you see them, or of identifying what something is He glanced briefly toward her but there was no sign of recognition. the automatic recognition of handwriting and printed text by a computer
  2. 2[singular, uncountable] recognition (that…) the act of accepting that something exists, is true, or is official a growing recognition that older people have potential too There is a general recognition of the urgent need for reform. to seek international/official/formal recognition as a sovereign state The government granted full diplomatic recognition to the republics.
  3. 3[uncountable] recognition (for something) public praise and reward for someone's work or actions She gained only minimal recognition for her work. He received the award in recognition of his success over the past year.
  4. Idioms
    to change, alter, etc. beyond recognition
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    to change so much that you can hardly recognize it The town has changed beyond recognition since I was last here. Capitalism has been reformed almost beyond all recognition.
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