Recognize meaning

rĕkəg-nīz
To know or identify from past experience or knowledge.

Recognize hostility.

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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.

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(biology) To exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate, for example).
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To acknowledge as having the right to speak, as in a meeting.
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To exhibit recognition, as for an antigen or a substrate.
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To match something or someone which one currently perceives to a memory of some previous encounter with the same entity.
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To acknowledge the existence or legality of something; treat as valid or worthy of consideration.

The US and a number of EU countries are expected to recognize Kosovo on Monday.

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To acknowledge or consider as something.
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To realize or discover the nature of something; apprehend quality in; realize or admit that.
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To give an award.
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To show appreciation of.

To recognize services by a testimonial.

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To cognize again.
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Recognize is defined as to identify someone or something known at an earlier time.

An example of recognize is to see an old friend in a crowd after being apart for many years.

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To know to be something that has been perceived before.

Recognize a face.

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To perceive or show acceptance of the validity or reality of.

Recognizes the concerns of the tenants.

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To permit to address a meeting.

The club's president recognized the new member.

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To accept officially the national status of as a new government.
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To show awareness of; approve of or appreciate.

Recognize services rendered.

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To admit the acquaintance of, as by salutation.

Recognize an old friend with a cheerful greeting.

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(law) To enter into a recognizance.
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To know by some detail, as of appearance; identify.

To recognize a butterfly by its coloring.

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To be aware of the significance of.

To recognize symptoms.

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To acknowledge the existence, validity, authority, or genuineness of.

To recognize a claim.

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To accept as a fact; admit; accept.

To recognize defeat.

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To acknowledge as worthy of appreciation or approval.

To recognize devotion.

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To acknowledge the legal standing of (a government, state, etc.) by some formal action, as by entering into diplomatic relations.
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To show acquaintance with (a person) by greeting.
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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