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recognize

rec·og·nize

recognize

 
 
pronunciation:
re kg naIz
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: recognized, recognizes, recognizing
definition 1: to identify (someone or something) from previous experience or exposure.
She recognized the man as a former neighbor who had lived next door.They recognized the missing child from his picture in the newspaper.His face was covered in dirt, and it took me a moment to recognize him.
synonyms:
place
antonyms:
mistake
similar words:
distinguish, identify, know, recall, recollect, remember, spot
definition 2: to be able to distinguish as something known to one.
I recognize pain when I see it.
synonyms:
know
similar words:
distinguish, recall, recollect, remember
definition 3: to regard or acknowledge as valid.
He recognized his shortcomings and tried to improve himself.I recognize that your needs are different from mine.
synonyms:
acknowledge
antonyms:
ignore
similar words:
appreciate, credit, identify with, realize, respect, see, understand
definition 4: to formally acknowledge (achievements or the like).
His achievements were recognized at a banquet given in his honor.
synonyms:
acknowledge, commend
similar words:
acclaim, celebrate, honor, laud, praise
definition 5: to acknowledge (someone) as having the right to speak, esp. in a formal meeting.
The committee chair recognized the senator from Massachusetts.
similar words:
acknowledge, defer to, yield to
derivations: recognizable (adj.), recognizably (adv.)
Word Parts
The word recognize contains the following parts:
cogn, cognit, gnor Latin root that means know, knowledge
synonyms:
gnos, gnosis, gnom, -gnomy
 
-ize, -ise Greek verb-forming suffix that means to turn into or cause to be
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The suffix -ize , -ise forms transitive verbs from adjectives (civilize ) and nouns (crystallize ). The oldest English verbs ending in -ize were loanwords from Greek (baptize , catechize ).