W3S3 [əkˈnɔlıdʒ US -ˈna:-] v [T]
2¦(recognize something's importance)¦
3¦(accept somebody's authority)¦
5¦(show you notice somebody)¦
6¦(say you have received something)¦
[Date: 1400-1500; Origin: ac- (as in accord) + knowledge]
1.) ¦(ADMIT)¦
to admit or accept that something is true or that a situation exists
The family acknowledge the need for change.
acknowledge that
He acknowledges that when he's tired he gets bad-tempered.
Claire acknowledged that she was guilty.
The government must acknowledge what is happening and do something about it.
'Maybe you are right,' she acknowledged.
This is a fact that most smokers readily acknowledge .
2.) ¦(RECOGNIZE SOMETHING'S IMPORTANCE)¦ [usually passive]
if people acknowledge something, they recognize how good or important it is
acknowledge sth as sth
The film festival is acknowledged as an event of international importance.
be widely/generally acknowledged to be sth
The mill produces what is widely acknowledged to be the finest wool in the world.
to accept that someone or something has authority over people
Both defendants refused to acknowledge the authority of the court.
acknowledge sb as sth
Many of the poor acknowledged him as their spiritual leader.
4.) ¦(THANK)¦
to publicly announce that you are grateful for the help that someone has given you
We wish to acknowledge the support of the university.
to show someone that you have noticed them or heard what they have said
Tom acknowledged her presence by a brief glance.
to let someone know that you have received something from them
I would be grateful if you would acknowledge receipt of this letter.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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