Date: 1400-1500
Origin: ac- (as in accord) + knowledge


ac‧knowl‧edge S3 W3 [transitive]


to admit or accept that something is true or that a situation exists:
The family acknowledge the need for change.
acknowledge that
He acknowledges that when he's tired he gets bad-tempered.
Claire acknowledged that she was guilty.
The government must acknowledge what is happening and do something about it.
'Maybe you are right,' she acknowledged.
This is a fact that most smokers readily acknowledge.

recognize something's importance

[usually passive] if people acknowledge something, they recognize how good or important it is
acknowledge something as something
The film festival is acknowledged as an event of international importance.
be widely/generally acknowledged to be something
The mill produces what is widely acknowledged to be the finest wool in the world.

accept somebody's authority

SCL to accept that someone or something has authority over people:
Both defendants refused to acknowledge the authority of the court.
acknowledge somebody as something
Many of the poor acknowledged him as their spiritual leader.


to publicly announce that you are grateful for the help that someone has given you:
We wish to acknowledge the support of the university.

show you notice somebody

to show someone that you have noticed them or heard what they have said:
Tom acknowledged her presence by a brief glance.

say you have received something

to let someone know that you have received something from them:
I would be grateful if you would acknowledge receipt of this letter.

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