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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
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Examples from the web for acknowledgment
  • It was a rare acknowledgment by the administration that the path it had chosen was failing and that another was needed.
  • As for the money question, this was simply an acknowledgment of my humanity: the writer has a body, which includes a stomach.
  • It is also an acknowledgment of the void he leaves behind.
  • It shows no acknowledgment of the better choices made by some people.
  • Ben should receive the posthumous credit he deserves with an acknowledgment.
  • Unlike in the past, however, corporations now ask more from us than simple acknowledgment of support.
  • We think plants that consistently put on exemplary performances should receive their own public acknowledgment.
  • They do things over and over without any acknowledgment that there is a legitimate government in place.
  • The acknowledgment of the receipt of their packages is all the department can do the first day of their receipt.
  • We need sensible transfer standards to ensure acknowledgment of students' completed course work.
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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