Recognize is defined as to identify someone or something known at an earlier time.(verb)
An example of recognize is to see an old friend in a crowd after being apart for many years.
See recognize in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: altered (infl. by recognizance) < extended stem of OFr reconoistre: see recognizance
See recognize in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb rec·og·nized, rec·og·niz·ing, rec·og·niz·es
Origin: Middle English recognisen, to resume possession of land
Origin: , alteration (influenced by Medieval Latin recognizāre, to recognize)
Origin: of Old French reconoistre, reconoiss-, to know again
Origin: , from Latin recognōscere
Origin: : re-, re-
Origin: + cognōscere, to get to know; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
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