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acknowledgment

or (especially British) acknowledgement

[ak-nol-ij-muh nt] /ækˈnɒl ɪdʒ mənt/
noun
1.
an act of acknowledging.
2.
recognition of the existence or truth of something:
the acknowledgment of a sovereign power.
3.
an expression of appreciation.
4.
a thing done or given in appreciation or gratitude.
5.
Law.
  1. a declaration before an official that one has executed a particular legal document.
  2. an official certificate of a formal acknowledging.
  3. public recognition by a man of an illegitimate child as his own.
Origin of acknowledgment
1585-1595
1585-95; acknowledge + -ment
Related forms
preacknowledgement, noun
preacknowledgment, noun
reacknowledgment, noun
superacknowledgment, noun
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  • Mr. Spence bent forward in acknowledgement of the quotation.

    A Romantic Young Lady Robert Grant
  • Dark sent out a call to Cheng and received an acknowledgement.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • No explanations; no acknowledgement of obligations to anybody.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • The robot clicked its acknowledgement and moved on to the next table.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • It may easily be imagined, from my acknowledgement of these sentiments, that I eagerly embraced the popular cause.

    Lady Eureka, v. 3 (of 3) Robert Folkestone Williams
British Dictionary definitions for acknowledgement

acknowledgment

/əkˈnɒlɪdʒmənt/
noun
1.
the act of acknowledging or state of being acknowledged
2.
something done or given as an expression of thanks, as a reply to a message, etc
3.
(pl) an author's statement acknowledging his use of the works of other authors, usually printed at the front of a book
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Word Origin and History for acknowledgement
n.

1590s, "act of acknowledging," from acknowledge + -ment. "An early instance of -ment added to an orig. Eng. vb." [OED]. Meaning "token of due recognition" is recorded from 1610s.

acknowledgment

n.

alternative form of acknowledgement. OED deems it "a spelling more in accordance with Eng. values of letters."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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