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Definition of "recognize" []

  • To know to be something that has been perceived before: recognize a face. (verb-transitive)
  • To know or identify from past experience or knowledge: recognize hostility. (verb-transitive)
  • To perceive or show acceptance of the validity or reality of: recognizes the concerns of the tenants. (verb-transitive)
  • To permit to address a meeting: The club's president recognized the new member. (verb-transitive)
  • To accept officially the national status of as a new government. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "recognize" in a sentence
  • "I think that the important thing to recognize is that both sides of the political spectrum are primarily bound together by a sense of moral superiority over the other."
  • "I think what you need to recognize is that we (and I only speak for the ones with pure souls like Visitor Again), are trying to achieve a higher state of reason and knowledge in our society."
  • "And they are definitely not on your list – which has names I recognize from the magazines, but brands I have never tried."