- The definition of acknowledge means to state that something is real, factual or true.
An example of acknowledge is agreeing that it is true that you were supposed to be home an hour ago.
- Acknowledge is defined as to show thanks or appreciation or to recognize someone's efforts or accomplishments.
An example of acknowledge is to send a thank-you card.
transitive verbacknowledged, acknowledging
- to admit to be true or as stated; confess
- to recognize the authority or claims of
- to recognize and answer (a greeting or greeter, an introduction, etc.)
- to express thanks for
- to state that one has received (a letter, gift, favor, payment, etc.)
- Law to admit or affirm as genuine; certify in legal form: to acknowledge a deed
Origin of acknowledgeearlier aknowledge ; from Middle English knowlechen ; from knowleche (see knowledge): influenced, influence by Middle English aknowen ; from Old English oncnawan, to understand, know, with Latinized prefix
transitive verbac·knowl·edged, ac·knowl·edg·ing, ac·knowl·edg·es
- To admit the existence or truth of: The doctors acknowledged that the treatment had not been successful.
- a. To express recognition of; make notice of: “When he saw me acknowledge him, he smiled as if we were dear friends” (Angela Patrinos).b. To express gratitude or appreciation for or to: acknowledged the contributions of the volunteers; acknowledged her editor in the preface to the book.
- To report the receipt of (something) to the sender or giver: acknowledge a letter.
- Law To accept or certify as legally binding: acknowledge a deed of ownership.
Origin of acknowledgeProbably blend of Middle English knowlechen, to acknowledge (from knouen, to know; see know) and Middle English aknouen, to recognize (from Old English oncnāwan, to know : on-, on; see on + cnāwan, to know; see know).
(third-person singular simple present acknowledges, present participle acknowledging, simple past and past participle acknowledged)
- 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.
- I acknowledge my transgressions. - Psalm 51:3.
- For ends generally acknowledged to be good. - Thomas Macaulay
- To own or recognize in a particular quality, character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to.
- In all thy ways acknowledge Him. - Proverbs 3:6
- By my soul, I'll ne'er acknowledge thee. - Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, III-v
- To own with gratitude or as a benefit or an obligation; as, to acknowledge a favor.
- They his gifts acknowledged none. - John Milton
- To notify receipt, as of a letter.
- To own as genuine or valid; to assent to, as a legal instrument, to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form; as, to acknowledge a deed.
- Acknowledge is opposed to keep back, or conceal, and supposes that something had been previously known to us (though perhaps not to others) which we now feel bound to lay open or make public. Thus, a man acknowledges a secret marriage; one who has done wrong acknowledges his fault; and author acknowledges his obligation to those who have aided him; we acknowledge our ignorance.
- Recognize supposes that we have either forgotten or not had the evidence of a thing distinctly before our minds, but that now we know it (as it were) anew, or receive and admit in on the ground of the evidence it brings. Thus, we recognize a friend after a long absence. We recognize facts, principles, truths, etc., when their evidence is brought up fresh to the mind; as, bad men usually recognize the providence of God in seasons of danger. A foreign minister, consul, or agent, of any kind, is recognized on the ground of his producing satisfactory credentials.
- See also confess