1 [singular, uncountable]
the act of realizing and accepting that something is true or important
Don's recognition of the importance of Suzy in his life
There is general recognition that the study techniques of many students are weak.
official recognition of the need for jail reform
2 [singular, uncountable]
public respect and thanks for someone's work or achievements:
He has achieved recognition and respect as a scientist.
The importance of voluntary organizations in the economy still needs to be given recognition.
in recognition of something
He was presented with a gold watch in recognition of his service to the company.
the act of knowing someone or something because you have known or learned about them in the past:
He stared at her, but there was no sign of recognition.
change beyond/out of all recognition (=change completely)
The bakery business has changed beyond all recognition in the last 10 years.
the act of officially accepting that an organization, government, person etc has legal or official authority
the recognition of Latvia as an independent state
the government's failure to achieve international recognition
the ability of a computer to recognize speech:
speech recognition systems