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vb. To know of or 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. To own or recognize in a particular character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to. To own with gratitude or as a benefit or an obligation; as, to acknowledge a favor, the receipt of a letter. To own as genuine; to assent to, as a legal instrument, to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form; as, to acknowledge a deed. 


Syn. - To avow; proclaim; recognize; own; admit; allow; concede; confess. - Acknowledge, Recognize. 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, ...

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