verb (used with object), recognized, recognizing.
to identify as something or someone previously seen, known, etc.: He had changed so much that one could scarcely recognize him.
to identify from knowledge of appearance or characteristics: I recognized him from the description. They recognized him as a fraud.
to perceive as existing or true; realize: to be the first to recognize a fact.
to acknowledge as the person entitled to speak at a particular time: The Speaker recognized the congressman from Maine.
to acknowledge formally as entitled to treatment as a political unit: The United States promptly recognized Israel.
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.
to acknowledge or treat as valid: to recognize a claim.
to acknowledge acquaintance with, as by a greeting, handshake, etc.
to show appreciation of (achievement, service, merit, etc.), as by some reward, public honor, or the like.
Law. to acknowledge (an illegitimate child) as one's own.
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.
Also, especially British, recognise.

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

recognizable [rek-uhg-nahy-zuh-buhl, rek-uhg-nahy-] , 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

3. acknowledge, appreciate, understand, grant, concede.
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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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Word Origin & History

1414, "resume possession of land," from M.Fr. reconiss-, stem of reconoistre "to know again, identify, recognize," from O.Fr., from L. recognoscere "acknowledge, recall to mind, know again, examine, certify," from re- "again" + cognoscere "know" (from co- "with" + gnoscere "become acquainted;" see
notice). Meaning "perceive something or someone as already known" first recorded 1533.
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