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Acknowledgement is a member of the word family acknowledge, 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 noun acknowledgement

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noun - plural: acknowledgements

  1. the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged
    • example: she seems to avoid much in the way of recognition or acknowledgement of feminist work prior to her own
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of acknowledgement: acknowledgment / recognition
    • more generic word: acceptance = the state of being acceptable and accepted
    • attributes:
  2. a statement acknowledging something or someone

Alternative definition of the noun acknowledgement


  1. The act of acknowledging; admission; avowal; owning; confession.
  2. The act of owning or recognizing in a particular character or relationship; recognition as regards the existence, authority, truth, or genuineness.
  3. An award or other expression or token of appreciation.
  4. An expression of gratitude.
  5. A message from the addressee informing the originator that the originator's communication has been received and understood, as a wedding invitation's acknowledgement.
  6. [context: Telecommunications, computing, networking] A response sent by a receiver to indicate successful receipt of a transmission.
  7. [context: legal] The act of a man admitting a child as his own.
  8. [context: legal] A formal statement or document recognizing the fulfilment or execution of a legal requirement or procedure.


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Acknowledgement: In data networking, an acknowledgement is a signal passed between communicating processes or computers to signify acknowledgement, or receipt of response, as part of a communications protocol. For instance, ACK packets are used in the Transmission Control Protocol to acknowledge the receipt of SYN packets when establishing a connection, data packets while a connection is being used, and FIN packets when terminating a connection.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Acknowledgement

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Google previewRecognition and Religion (2016)

A Historical and Systematic Study by Risto Saarinen

heteronomously and leads to a fuller understanding of reality, Hobbes thinks that acknowledgement is a subjective opinion emerging autonomously in the subject and, accordingly, remains less than knowledge. This being said, Hobbes also ...

Google previewSafety and Reliability of Programmable Electronic Systems (2012)

by Daniels

Command messages require a change of state or action to occur in due course; acknowledgement is a necessary requirement before the issuing process continues. Status messages are sent to notify other processes of information about the ...

Google previewIntegral Green Zimbabwe (2014)

An African Phoenix Rising by Professor Ronnie Lessem, Dr Alexander Schieffer, Ms Liz Mamukwa

It acknowledges the existence of the activity and inherent in that acknowledgement is a critical response. Essentially, the Ehe principle is discovery and renewal. The fourth and final 'Nommo Principle' (Effect) involves the manifestation of ...

Google previewElijah's Vision (2010)

by Nana Mumford

The acknowledgement is that the Internet child pornogra- pher is as sexually depraved as any sex abuser. However, the cycle of abuse is somehow different, though they are equally behaviorally and cognitively distorted. In view of this, the ...

Google previewThe Greatest Miracle (2011)

Unveiling God's Greatest Gift to You by Donald Ogolo

Acknowledgement is an inward realization or conviction you have that you are a sinner and in need of the salvation of Jesus. Confession is an outward declaration to God ofyour state as a sinner. This includes not hiding any wrongs before ...

Google previewAge-Proof (2015)

Beauty Alternatives You Need to Know by Louisa Graves

Acknowledgement is the key. Now instead of rushing home after work, once or ...

Google previewLooking Through the I: An Existential Philosophy (2011)

by Timothy Cradle

Awareness is the self's acknowledgement that external experience is something, first other than the self and second something in and of its self. This acknowledgement is the outermost layer, and yet is immediately turned inward for validation ...

Google previewDefiance in Taxation and Governance (2009)

Resisting and Dismissing Authority in a Democracy by Valerie A. Braithwaite

shame acknowledgement is that it provides the opportunity to restore social relationships with significant others within one's group. Also restored is a sense of inner peace, of no longer feeling guilt-ridden or overwhelmed by concerns of who ...

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Music Therapy (2013)

by Kevin Kirkland

A powerful, simple way of reaching clients, including thosein institutional settings, acknowledgement involves saying aclient'sname, making eye contact andoffering a short greetingat eachand every encounterinandout of sessions.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Superstitions (1961)

by Edwin Radford, Mona Augusta Radford

Acknowledgement. The work on which this present book is based was originally devised by Edwin and Mona A. Radford. Struck by the universal interest of the subject and by the lack of any comprehensive catalogue of English folklore, ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

y acknowledge frankly avow acknowledge greeting bow, nod, wave acknowledgement ...

Google previewThe Judicial Dictionary, of Words and Phrases Judicially Interpreted (1903)

To which Has Been Added Statutory Definitions by Frederick Stroud

An Acknowledgement of Arrears of Rent or Interest so charged or payable, " by the person by whom the same was payable," has to be made, not so much by the person compellable to pay but, by the person whose property or right to property ...

Google previewThe Business Man's Encyclopedia: a Hip-pocket Business Counsellor-- ...: 1. Business law. 2. Business methods. [4], 156 p. illus (1905)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF DEEDS An acknowledgment is the act of declaring the execution of an instrument, but the word also denotes the official certificate of such declaration. All deeds and conveyances of land to be effectual as to third ...

Google previewThe Business Man's Encyclopedia ... (1907)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF DEEDS An acknowledgment is the act of declaring the execution of an instrument, but the word also denotes the official certificate of such declaration. All deeds and conveyances of land to be effectual as to third ...

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The definition of a modern approach to war is the acknowledgement of individual lives lost. (Maya Lin)
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Scrabble value of A1C3K5N1O1W4L1E1D2G2E1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 15-letter word is 28 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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