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[ak-nol-ij-muh nt] /ækˈnɒl ɪdʒ mənt/
an act of acknowledging.
recognition of the existence or truth of something:
the acknowledgment of a sovereign power.
an expression of appreciation.
a thing done or given in appreciation or gratitude.
  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.
Also, especially British, acknowledgement.
Origin of acknowledgment
1585-95; acknowledge + -ment
Related forms
preacknowledgement, noun
preacknowledgment, noun
reacknowledgment, noun
superacknowledgment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • So Margaret gained the acknowledgment of her right to follow her own ideas of duty.

    North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Cousin Percy's acknowledgment of this statement was a brief "Oh, indeed!"

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He felt her bow her head in acknowledgment that she understood.

  • Still she made no answer to his words, nor any acknowledgment of his service.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • The girl stammered some sort of an acknowledgment; she was never able to recall precisely what she said, in truth, but it served.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for acknowledgment


the act of acknowledging or state of being acknowledged
something done or given as an expression of thanks, as a reply to a message, etc
(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 acknowledgment

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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