David's recognition of his former girlfriend brought back happy memories of their brief summer romance.
- An example of recognition is when you spot a familiar face in the crowd who is someone you met before.
- An example of recognition is when someone is given an award to recognize and honor his service.
- a recognizing or being recognized; acknowledgment; admission, as of a fact
- acknowledgment and approval, gratitude, etc.: in recognition of her services
- formal acknowledgment by a government of the independence and sovereignty of a state newly created, as by secession, or of a government newly set up, as by revolution
- identification of some person or thing as having been known before or as being of a certain kind
- notice, as in passing; greeting; salutation
Origin of recognitionClassical Latin recognitio from recognitus, past participle of recognoscere: see recognizance
- The act of recognizing or condition of being recognized.
- An awareness that something perceived has been perceived before.
- An acceptance as true or valid, as of a claim: a recognition of their civil rights.
- Attention or favorable notice: She received recognition for her many achievements.
- Official acceptance of the national status of a new government by another nation.
- Biology The ability of one molecule to attach itself to another molecule having a complementary shape, as in enzyme-substrate and antibody-antigen interactions.
Origin of recognitionMiddle English recognicion knowledge of an event from Old French recognition from Latin recognitiō recognitiōn- act of recognizing from recognitus past participle of recognōscere to recognize ; see recognize .
- re·cog′ni·to′ry re·cog′ni·tive
(usually uncountable, plural recognitions)
- the act of recognizing or the condition of being recognized
- He looked at her for ten full minutes before recognition dawned.
- an awareness that something observed has been observed before
- acceptance as valid or true
- The law was a recognition of their civil rights.
- official acceptance of the status of a new government by that of another country
- honour, favourable note, or attention
- The charity gained plenty of recognition for its efforts, but little money.
From Latin recognitionem (accusative of recognitio), from stem recognit, past participle of recognoscere.
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