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Acknowledge

Acknowledge is sometimes a misspelling of acknowledging or economical.

The word acknowledge and its family (acknowledged, acknowledges, acknowledging, acknowledgement, acknowledgements) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb acknowledge

What does acknowledge mean as a doing word?

Acknowledge is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: acknowledged | acknowledging | acknowledges

  1. declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of
    • example: She acknowledged that she might have forgotten
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, subject control with -ing]They confessed stealing the money
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]He confessed how she did it | I asked how she did it | I explained how it can be done | John suggested how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, noun phrase with past participle]He confessed himself flummoxed
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, possessive with -ing]They confessed their stealing
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]I promised that I would come | They confessed that they had stolen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, to be]I admitted him to be a great smoker
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, not sentential clause]They confessed it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, not sentential clause] to [Recipient]I explained the matter to them | They confessed it to us
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient]They confessed to us
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, how-extraction]I explained to her how it can be done | They confessed to us how it happened

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): admit, confess, proclaim, reveal.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of acknowledge: admit
    • more generic words: adjudge / declare / hold = declare to be
    • more specific terms:
  2. report the receipt of
  3. express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with
    • examples: He never acknowledges his colleagues when they run into him in the hallway | She acknowledged his complement with a smile | it is important to acknowledge the work of others in one's own writing
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of acknowledge: notice
    • more generic words: react / respond = show a response or a reaction to something
    • more specific words: mention / cite = commend
  4. express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for
    • example: We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of acknowledge: recognise / recognize
    • more generic terms: give thanks / thank = express gratitude or show appreciation to
    • more specific word: appreciate = recognize with gratitude
  5. accept as legally binding and valid
    • example: acknowledge the deed
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic word: accept = consider or hold as true
  6. accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
    • example: The Crown Prince was acknowledged as the true heir to the throne
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of acknowledge: know / recognise / recognize
    • more generic word: accept = consider or hold as true

Alternative definition of the verb acknowledge

verb

  1. [transitive] To 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.
  2. To own or recognize in a particular quality, character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to.
  3. To own with gratitude or as a benefit or an obligation; as, to acknowledge a favor.
  4. To notify receipt, as of a letter.
  5. To own as genuine or valid; to assent to, as a legal instrument, to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form; as, to acknowledge a deed.

Specialised definition of the verb acknowledge

Glossary of sports

to tell a sender that a letter, package or shipment has arrived (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Music

"Acknowledge" is a musical EP of Koto.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Acknowledge

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Google previewHow to Find God's Love (2011)

by Don Nori

The first thing all people need to acknowledge is that the emptiness ...

Google previewFive Pillars of the Spiritual Life (2008)

A Practical Guide to Prayer for Active People by Robert J. Spitzer

Fathers acknowledge is that when we loyally defer to the teaching authority of the Church, the Holy Spirit grants us deep insight into the truth of faith, which has the capacity to move, transform, and deepen our love and lives. Have you ever ...

Google previewThe Primacy of Politics (2006)

Social Democracy and the Making of Europe's Twentieth Century by Sheri Berman

But what Jospin and many others who champion such sentiments rarely if ever acknowledge is that making this idea relevant to twenty-first century conditions will require a significant overhaul of the movement's current policy agenda.

Google previewAn Introduction To Childhood Studies (2008)

by Kehily, Mary Jane

An obvious point to acknowledge is that the study of children and childhood has been part of a diverse range of academic disciplines for a very long time. Different disciplines have developed different ways of approaching the study of children, ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

k ack-ack gun Bofors acknowledge admit, allow, appreciate, attribute, avow, concede, confess, correspond, declare, grant, own, receive, recognise, reward, thank acknowledge an offence apologise, confess acknowledge applause bow ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Information Ethics and Security (2007)

by Quigley, Marian

Organizational Culture and Industry Practice Some government departments have adopted the stance that it is 'industry practice' within government not to acknowledge moral rights, while others do acknowledge them. For example, the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Matrimonial Clauses (2015)

by Raoul Lionel Felder

Clause 3 — Parties acknowledge full disclosure of property and estate of other: The parties acknowledge that they have been fully advised and informed of the property and the estate of the other and the value thereof, or has knowingly waived ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes ... (1845)

by John Platts

ACKNOWLEDGE, [ac, and cnawan, to take, to receive, S.] to admit to be true ; to own with gratitude. Own, [agan, S.] to acknowledge...

to acknowledge faults; to disclose the state of the conscience. Avow, [avouer, F.] to ...

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Usage statistics about acknowledge

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb acknowledge:

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Small photo of CHESTER LE STREET, ENGLAND - August 10 2013: Chris Rogers raises his bat to acknowledge the crowd after scoring 100 runs during day two of the Ashes 4th test match at The Emirates Riverside StadiumSmall photo of LONDON, ENGLAND - August 21 2013: Shane Watson raises his bat to acknowledge the crowd after scoring a century during day one of the 5th Investec Ashes cricket match between England and AustraliaSmall photo of LONDON, ENGLAND - August 22 2013: Steven Smith raises his bat to acknowledge the crowd after scoring a century during day two of the 5th Investec Ashes cricket match between England and AustraliaSmall photo of MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - August 03 2013: Kevin Pietersen raises his bat to acknowledge the crowd after scoring 100 runs during day three of the Ashes 3rd test match at Old Trafford Cricket GroundSmall photo of LONDON, ENGLAND - August 22 2013: Steven Smith raises his bat to acknowledge the crowd after scoring a century during day two of the 5th Investec Ashes cricket match between England and AustraliaSmall photo of Silhouette of the man on the sun as the ball. Raised his hand to acknowledge the inspiration.Small photo of Bible verses from Matthew. "Whoever publicly acknowledges me I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven." More...

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Acknowledge Meaning

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Quotes about Acknowledge

The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man. (Euripides)
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Scrabble value of A1C3K5N1O1W4L1E1D2G2E1

The value of this 11-letter word is 22 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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