1760–70; acknowledge + -ed2

acknowledgedly [ak-nol-ijd-lee, -i-jid-] , adverb
self-acknowledged, adjective
unacknowledged, adjective
well-acknowledged, adjective Unabridged


verb (used with object), acknowledged, acknowledging.
to admit to be real or true; recognize the existence, truth, or fact of: to acknowledge one's mistakes.
to show or express recognition or realization of: to acknowledge an acquaintance by nodding.
to recognize the authority, validity, or claims of: The students acknowledged the authority of the student council.
to show or express appreciation or gratitude for: to acknowledge a favor.
to indicate or make known the receipt of: to acknowledge a letter.
to take notice of or reply to: to acknowledge a greeting.
Law. to confirm as binding or of legal force: to acknowledge a deed.

1475–85; acknowleche, apparently either Middle English aknou(en) to recognize (Old English oncnāwan; see a-1, know) + -leche noun suffix (Old English *-lǣce, by-form of -lac; cf. knowledge, wedlock); or blend of aknouen and knouleche knowledge; then a- was mistaken for ac-

acknowledgeable, adjective
acknowledger, noun
preacknowledge, verb (used with object), preacknowledged, preacknowledging.
reacknowledge, verb (used with object), reacknowledged, reacknowledging.
unacknowledging, adjective

1. concede, confess, grant. Acknowledge, admit, confess agree in the idea of declaring something to be true. Acknowledge implies making a statement reluctantly, often about something previously denied: to acknowledge a fault. Admit especially implies acknowledging something under pressure: to admit a charge. Confess usually means stating somewhat formally an admission of wrongdoing, crime, or shortcoming: to confess guilt; to confess an inability to understand.

1. deny, disclaim, disavow. Unabridged
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acknowledge (əkˈnɒlɪdʒ)
1.  (may take a clause as object) to recognize or admit the existence, truth, or reality of
2.  to indicate recognition or awareness of, as by a greeting, glance, etc
3.  to express appreciation or thanks for: to acknowledge a gift
4.  to make the receipt of known to the sender: to acknowledge a letter
5.  to recognize, esp in legal form, the authority, rights, or claims of
[C15: probably from earlier knowledge, on the model of Old English oncnāwan, Middle English aknowen to confess, recognize]

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Word Origin & History

1550s, a blend of M.E. aknow (from O.E. oncnawan "understand," from on + cnawan "recognize;" see know) and M.E. verb knowlechen "admit." Somehow, in the merger, a parasitic -c- slipped in, so that, while the kn- became a simple "n" sound (as in know), the -c- stepped up to
preserve, in this word, the ancient "kn-" sound.
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Example sentences
People more widely acknowledged as heroes represent a broad range of acts
  considered heroic.
They are widely acknowledged to inspire travel to those destinations.
The copyrights of authors and publishers are acknowledged.
For years, top officials at the agency acknowledged that lawsuits could aid the
  agency's oversight of safety issues.
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