Recognize Definition

recognized, recognizes, recognizing
recognized, recognizes, recognizing
To be aware of as something or someone known before, or as the same as that known.
To recognize an old friend after many years.
Webster's New World
To know by some detail, as of appearance; identify.
To recognize a butterfly by its coloring.
Webster's New World
To be aware of the significance of.
To recognize symptoms.
Webster's New World
To acknowledge the existence, validity, authority, or genuineness of.
To recognize a claim.
Webster's New World
To accept officially the national status of as a new government.
American Heritage

Origin of Recognize

  • Middle English recognisen to resume possession of land alteration (influenced by Medieval Latin recognizāre to recognize) of Old French reconoistre reconoiss- to know again from Latin recognōscere re- re- cognōscere to get to know gnō- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin recognoscere, first attested in the 16th century. Displaced native English acknow (“to recognize, to perceive as"), compare German erkennen.

    From Wiktionary

  • From re- + cognize

    From Wiktionary

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