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



    BrE BrE//ˌrekəɡˈnɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌrekəɡˈnɪʃn//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the act of remembering who somebody is when you see them, or of identifying what something is He glanced briefly towards her but there was no sign of recognition. the automatic recognition of handwriting and printed text by 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 somebody’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. Word Origin late 15th cent. (denoting the acknowledgement of a service): from Latin recognitio(n-), from the verb recognoscere ‘know again, recall to mind’, from re- ‘again’ + cognoscere ‘learn’.Extra examples He looked up, glanced at them without recognition, and went on his way. He pulled the hood of his cloak over his head to avoid recognition. His recitals have earned him recognition as a talented performer. Many of those interviewed said their job had changed beyond recognition over the past five years. Official recognition of the change came fast. One of the main goals of marketing is name recognition. Recognition of his talent was long overdue. Recognition slowly dawned, ‘Oh, it’s you Mrs Foster!’ Recognition slowly dawned, and I remembered her from my college days. She has worked actively but without recognition. She stared directly at the witness but he did not show a flicker of recognition. The award is being made in belated recognition of her services to the industry. The equipment and methods of production have improved out of all recognition. The judges selected three projects for special recognition. The monitoring system allows recognition of pollution hot spots. The young talent at the club deserves wider recognition. There needs to be a greater recognition of corporate crime as a social problem. There was no recognition in his eyes. They claim that signature of the peace accord did not imply recognition of the state’s sovereignty. They received recognition for their 20-year commitment to safety at sea. Twelve states have accorded de facto recognition to the new regime. a country that has long sought recognition as a major power a test of children’s word recognition an award in recognition of his outstanding work equal recognition for the work women do personal recognition for your achievements recognition by his superiors of the service he had performed the automatic recognition of handwriting by computer the early recognition of a disease to qualify for UN recognition as an International Biosphere Reserve There is general recognition of the urgent need for reform.Idioms
    to change, alter, etc. beyond/out of (all) 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 out of all recognition.
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