• (RP) IPA: /əkˈnɒ.lɪdʒ/
  • (America) IPA: /ækˈnɑː.lɪdʒ/, [əkˈnɑːlədʒ], [ɨkˈnɑːlɨdʒ], [əɡˈnɑːlədʒ], [ɨɡˈnɑːlɨdʒ]

acknowledge (acknowledges, present participle acknowledging; past and past participle acknowledged)

  1. (transitive) To admit the knowledge of; to recognize as a fact or truth; to declare one's belief in
    to acknowledge the being of a god
    • 1611, King James Version, Psalm 51:3
      I acknowledge my transgressions.
    • 1849, Thomas Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James II, Chapter 1
      For ends generally acknowledged to be good.
  2. To own or recognize in a particular quality, character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to.
    • 1611, King James Version, Proverbs 3:6
      In all thy ways acknowledge Him.
    • c. 1595, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, III-v
      By my soul, I'll ne'er acknowledge thee.
  3. To be grateful of (e.g. a benefit or a favour)
    to acknowledge a favor
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book XI”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      They his gifts acknowledged none.
  4. To report (the receipt of a message to its sender).
    This is to acknowledge your kind invitation to participate in the upcoming debate.
  5. To own as genuine or valid; to assent to (a legal instrument) to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: accuser réception
  • German: den Empfang bestätigen
  • Portuguese: confirmar
  • Russian: подтвержда́ть
  • Spanish: acusar recibo

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