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recognize or recognise (ˈrɛkəɡˌnaɪz)
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.  chiefly (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.  chiefly (US) (intr) to enter into a recognizance
[C15: from Latin recognoscere to know again, from re- + cognoscere to know, ascertain]
recognise or recognise
[C15: from Latin recognoscere to know again, from re- + cognoscere to know, ascertain]
'recognizable or recognise
'recognisable or recognise
recogniza'bility or recognise
recognisa'bility or recognise
'recognizably or recognise
'recognisably or recognise
'recognizer or recognise
'recogniser or recognise

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