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recognize

or (especially British) recognise

[rek-uh g-nahyz] /ˈrɛk əgˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), recognized, recognizing.
1.
to identify as something or someone previously seen, known, etc.:
He had changed so much that one could scarcely recognize him.
2.
to identify from knowledge of appearance or characteristics:
I recognized him from the description. They recognized him as a fraud.
3.
to perceive as existing or true; realize:
to be the first to recognize a fact.
4.
to acknowledge as the person entitled to speak at a particular time:
The Speaker recognized the congressman from Maine.
5.
to acknowledge formally as entitled to treatment as a political unit:
The United States promptly recognized Israel.
6.
to acknowledge or accept formally a specified factual or legal situation:
to recognize a successful revolutionary regime as the de facto government of the country.
7.
to acknowledge or treat as valid:
to recognize a claim.
8.
to acknowledge acquaintance with, as by a greeting, handshake, etc.
9.
to show appreciation of (achievement, service, merit, etc.), as by some reward, public honor, or the like.
10.
Law. to acknowledge (an illegitimate child) as one's own.
11.
Biochemistry, Immunology. to bind with, cleave, or otherwise react to (another substance) as a result of fitting its molecular shape or a portion of its shape.
Origin of recognize
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; recogn(ition) + -ize; replacing late Middle English racunnysen, recognisen < Old French reconuiss-, stem of reconuistre < Latin recognōscere, equivalent to re- re- + cognōscere to know1; see cognition
Related forms
recognizable
[rek-uh g-nahy-zuh-buh l, rek-uh g-nahy-] /ˈrɛk əgˌnaɪ zə bəl, ˌrɛk əgˈnaɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
recognizability, noun
recognizably, adverb
recognizer, noun
nonrecognized, adjective
prerecognize, verb (used with object), prerecognized, prerecognizing.
quasi-recognized, adjective
unrecognizable, adjective
unrecognizably, adverb
unrecognized, adjective
unrecognizing, adjective
well-recognized, adjective
Synonyms
3. acknowledge, appreciate, understand, grant, concede.
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Examples from the Web for recognised
Historical Examples
  • She at once recognised his voice, as he inquired if she were at home.

  • He instantly drew back; but it was too late, they had recognised him.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • Pray how could you have recognised my voice since I have never spoken to you in all my life?

  • But ten days ago, when I saw her last, I recognised her with difficulty.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • It was also asserted that the Commissioners had recognised him as the chaplain of the asylum.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • And the young girl was quite overcome as she recognised Felicien.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • This conclusive, but as argumentative process not recognised in House.

  • Pancks recognised the sally in his usual way, and took in his provender in his usual way.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Another man had joined him who had worked on the new road when Christopher was to and fro there, and recognised him.

  • I think I could have recognised in the dismalest skeleton there, the ghost of a soldier.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for recognised

recognize

/ˈrɛkəɡˌnaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to perceive (a person, creature, or thing) to be the same as or belong to the same class as something previously seen or known; know again
2.
to accept or be aware of (a fact, duty, problem, etc): to recognize necessity
3.
to give formal acknowledgment of the status or legality of (a government, an accredited representative, etc)
4.
(mainly US & Canadian) to grant (a person) the right to speak in a deliberative body, debate, etc
5.
to give a token of thanks for (a service rendered, etc)
6.
to make formal acknowledgment of (a claim, etc)
7.
to show approval or appreciation of (something good or pleasing)
8.
to acknowledge or greet (a person), as when meeting by chance
9.
(intransitive) (mainly US) to enter into a recognizance
Derived Forms
recognizable, recognisable, adjective
recognizability, recognisability, noun
recognizably, recognisably, adverb
recognizer, recogniser, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin recognoscere to know again, from re- + cognoscere to know, ascertain
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Word Origin and History for recognised

recognize

v.

early 15c., "resume possession of land," back-formation from recognizance, or else from Old French reconoiss-, stem of reconoistre "to know again, identify, recognize," from Latin recognoscere "acknowledge, recall to mind, know again; examine; certify," from re- "again" (see re-) + cognoscere "know" (see cognizance). Meaning "know again, recall or recover the knowledge of, perceive an identity with something formerly known or felt" first recorded 1530s. Related: Recognized; recognizing.

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