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definition of the word acknowledge

by the Wiktionnary

Probably from the prefix a- + the verb knowledge. See knowledge, and compare acknow.

Infinitive
to acknowledge

Third person singular
acknowledges

Simple past
acknowledged

Past participle
acknowledged

Present participle
acknowledging

to acknowledge (third-person singular simple present acknowledges, present participle acknowledging, simple past and past participle acknowledged)

  1. To admit the knowledge of; to recognize as a fact or truth; to declare one's belief in; as, to acknowledge the being of a God.
    Quotations
    • I acknowledge my transgressions. - Psalm 51:3.
    • For ends generally acknowledged to be good. - Thomas Macaulay
  2. To own or recognize in a particular character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to.
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  3. To own with gratitude or as a benefit or an obligation; as, to acknowledge a favor, the receipt of a letter.
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  4. To own as genuine; to assent to, as a legal instrument, to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form; as, to acknowledge a deed.

To avow; proclaim; recognize; own; admit; allow; concede; confess.


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