|1.||the act of recognizing or fact of being recognized|
|2.||acceptance or acknowledgment of a claim, duty, fact, truth, etc|
|3.||a token of thanks or acknowledgment|
|4.||formal acknowledgment of a government or of the independence of a country|
|5.||chiefly (US), (Canadian) an instance of a chairman granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body, debate, etc|
|[C15: from Latin recognitiō, from recognoscere to know again, from |
recognition rec·og·ni·tion (rěk'əg-nĭsh'ən)
An awareness that something perceived has been perceived before.
The ability of one molecule to attach itself to another molecule having a complementary shape, as in enzyme-substrate interactions.
In diplomacy, the act by which one nation acknowledges that a foreign government is a legitimate government and exchanges diplomats with it. The withholding of recognition is a way for one government to show its disapproval of another.