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[ US /ækˈnɑɫɪdʒ/ ]
[ UK /ɐknˈɒlɪd‍ʒ/ ]
  1. express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for
    We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us
  2. accept as legally binding and valid
    acknowledge the deed
  3. declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of
    She acknowledged that she might have forgotten
    He admitted his errors
  4. accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
    We do not recognize your gods
    The Crown Prince was acknowledged as the true heir to the throne
  5. express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with
    it is important to acknowledge the work of others in one's own writing
    She acknowledged his complement with a smile
    He never acknowledges his colleagues when they run into him in the hallway
  6. report the receipt of
    The program committee acknowledged the submission of the authors of the paper
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How To Use acknowledge In A Sentence

  • The Pepper Street gang, of which Jackie was the acknowledged leader, was not a gang of drug-selling hoods.
  • In meetings Thursday with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, the country's army chief and others, Gates called the antiterror operations a success so far, "and he acknowledged to all of them that we realize that has come with a great deal of sacrifice for the military," Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said following the sessions. Stars and Stripes
  • It acknowledges that some students may be experiencing difficulty, so we should be sensitive to their needs - such as allowing make-ups.
  • Union officials privately acknowledge that Phoenix's achilles heel has always been the difficulties it would face raising the necessary finance.
  • I could not but acknowledge that the local governments had, as it seemed to him, evinced but little sympathy with Hindooism; and that whatever might be European policy in respect to religion, the East India Company might have participated in the desire which prevails in Europe to develop ancient customs, and the reasons of those customs. Notes and Queries, No. 209, October 29 1853 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Geneologists, etc.
  • God answers our prayers because by addressing them to Him we acknowledge His Lordship and power.
  • Most critics acknowledge that there is a political core in slacktivism, even if it may be very well hidden.
  • These successes, if that is what they are, are tinged with a jealousy that legal writers elsewhere have a more publicly acknowledged involvement in moulding the law's development.
  • It is a recognition for the native title right to possess which can only be exercised in accordance with currently acknowledged laws and customs.
  • He knows that his collaboration in both wartime and personal events is morally questionable, and acknowledges this.
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