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ac·knowl·edge

acknowledge

 
 
pronunciation:
aek na lihj
grammatical pattern:
verb + that, verb smth + inf., verb + gerund
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: acknowledges, acknowledging, acknowledged
definition 1: to admit or recognize the truth, existence, fact, or validity of.
The professor was forced to acknowledge that the student had been correct after all.[verb + that ] He refused to acknowledge the boy as his son.The city's orchestra is acknowledged to be one of the world's finest.[verb smth + inf. ] At first, she did not acknowledge being acquainted with the man.[verb + gerund ] The neighbor finally acknowledged having witnessed the crime.[verb + gerund ]
synonyms:
accept, admit, affirm, allow, avow, concede, grant, recognize
antonyms:
deny, disavow, reject
similar words:
acquiesce, agree, certify, concur, confess, credit, face up to, honor, know, own up to, plead, testify
definition 2: to indicate awareness of.
She acknowledged his presence with a slight nod.
 
synonyms:
notice, recognize
antonyms:
ignore
similar words:
address, credit, greet, hail, know, salute
definition 3: to show appreciation or thanks for.
At the front of the book, she acknowledges her husband's help with the research.
synonyms:
appreciate, hail, recognize
similar words:
requite, thank
definition 4: to indicate the receipt of, as a message.
We should at least acknowledge their invitation, even if we decide not to go.
synonyms:
answer, reply to, respond to
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derivation: acknowledgment (n.)