• WordNet 3.6
    • v acknowledge accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority "The Crown Prince was acknowledged as the true heir to the throne","We do not recognize your gods"
    • v acknowledge accept as legally binding and valid "acknowledge the deed"
    • v acknowledge declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of "He admitted his errors","She acknowledged that she might have forgotten"
    • v acknowledge express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for "We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us"
    • v acknowledge report the receipt of "The program committee acknowledged the submission of the authors of the paper"
    • v acknowledge express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with "He never acknowledges his colleagues when they run into him in the hallway","She acknowledged his complement with a smile","it is important to acknowledge the work of others in one's own writing"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Stage bows were originally devised as a way for actors to thank the audience. The audience would or would not acknowledge each of the actors in turn, depending on how much they enjoyed the performance.
    • acknowledge To own as genuine; to assent to, as a legal instrument, to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form; as, to acknowledge a deed.
    • acknowledge To own or admit the knowledge of; to recognize as a fact or truth; to declare one's belief in; as, to acknowledge the being of a God. "I acknowledge my transgressions.""For ends generally acknowledged to be good."
    • acknowledge To own or recognize in a particular character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to. "In all thy ways acknowledge Him.""By my soul, I'll ne'er acknowledge thee."
    • acknowledge To own with gratitude or as a benefit or an obligation; as, to acknowledge a favor, the receipt of a letter. "They his gifts acknowledged none."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • acknowledge To admit or profess a knowledge of; avow to be within one's knowledge or apprehension; own to be real or true; recognize the existence, truth, or fact of: as, to acknowledge God, or the existence of or belief in a God; to acknowledge the rights of a claimant.
    • acknowledge To express or manifest perception or appreciation of; give evidence of recognizing or realizing: as, to acknowledge an acquaintance by bowing; to acknowledge a favor or one's faults.
    • acknowledge To own the genuineness of; own as binding or of legal force: as, to acknowledge a deed.
    • acknowledge To admit or certify the receipt of; give information of the arrival of: as, to acknowledge a letter or a remittance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Acknowledge ak-nol′ej to own a knowledge of: to own as true: to confess: to admit or give intimation of the receipt of
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  • William Wordsworth
    “Is there not an art, a music, and a stream of words that shalt be life, the acknowledged voice of life?”
  • Plato
    “There are few people so stubborn in their atheism who when danger is pressing in will not acknowledge the divine power.”
  • Jane Austen
    “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man is in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
  • Ferdinand Foch
    Ferdinand Foch
    “A battle won is a battle which we will not acknowledge to be lost.”
  • Schines
    “Men of real merit, whose noble and glorious deeds we are ready to acknowledge are not yet to be endured when they vaunt their own actions.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “This is the very worst wickedness, that we refuse to acknowledge the passionate evil that is in us. This makes us secret and rotten.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. fr. pref. a-, + the verb knowledge,. See Knowledge, and cf. Acknow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the v. Acknow, with suffix -ledge.


In literature:

It must be acknowledged that this has not been the mood of most of our hearers where we are well known.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
And here let me express my warmest acknowledgments to Captain Henderson, the commander of H.M.S.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The power of the new Governor was acknowledged by the Iroquois.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
And this memorandum should be acknowledged.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2" by Henry Baerlein
Acknowledged before me, C. V. TIENH.
"Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period" by Various
I then acknowledged to him that I knew who did it, and if he would agree to buy me a "fiddle," I would tell him all about it.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
Sin is sometimes acknowledged before God when no new positive engagement is made.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
The third master touched his cap, as the captain bowed to him in acknowledgment that he had heard the message, and then retired.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
The fact that she was a beauty was acknowledged by all who knew her, and was well known to herself.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
He acknowledged to himself that, had he been Terry's father, he would have said no less.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson

In poetry:

“Still I consider it, and still
Acknowledge it my master made,
Above me by the steadier will
Of nought afraid.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Acknowledging or shame or pain;
But just unveiling for our view
A little smile of still disdain
As she withdrew.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Yet this acknowledgment I'll make
For all he has bestowed;
Salvation's sacred cup I'll take
And call upon my God.
"What Shall I Render" by John Newton
Ye sages! spite of your pretences
To wisdom, you must own
Your folly frequently commences
When you acknowledge none.
"Upon A Venerable Rival" by William Cowper
Thee we acknowledge God and Lord,
The Lamb for sinners slain;
Who art by heaven and earth adored,
Worthy o'er both to reign.
"We Sing to Thee, Thou Son of God" by Augustus Montague Toplady
By Roman river, Stamboul's sea,
In Peter's or Sophia's shrine,
Acknowledges with reverent knee
The presence of the One Divine;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In news:

The plea allows Burns to maintain his innocence while acknowledging the evidence is enough to convict him.
While acknowledging, and even joining in, mounting criticism of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, lawmakers remain reluctant to make any changes to the law.
Hutchinson students have officially set a Guinness World Record for the number of people working out with Hula Hoops, but organizers acknowledge that feat might not last long.
(AP) — Hutchinson students have officially set a Guinness World Record for the number of people working out with Hula Hoops, but organizers acknowledge that feat might not last long.
I often write about social media disasters that befall brands, so it is with some consternation that I must acknowledge that I caused a small one for my own employer this weekend.
The title of Andrew Blum's first book, "Tubes," is a tacit and playful acknowledgment of something the world's digerati have long known: Ted Stevens was right.
It aims to get people to acknowledge they weren't driving safely while a more severe charge, such as negligent driving, may not be warranted.
Governor Acknowledges Trappers in Inaugural Address .
Healthcare IT group cites rapid advances in adoption spurred by incentives, acknowledges need for more interoperability.
LAST week, Education Secretary Arne Duncan acknowledged standardized tests are flawed measures of student progress.
NFL acknowledges refs spotted ball incorrectly before Redskins' final play.
AB InBev acknowledges Grupo Modelo talks.
Even the finest thespians in Hollywood, the ones with multiple Oscar nominations and universally acknowledged talent, may not be embraced by everyone.
Samford head coach and former Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan, center, acknowledges the crowd during before the 2011 Auburn game.
The White House is acknowledging an attempt to infiltrate its computer system but says it thwarted the effort.

In science:

Acknowledgement: The second-named author acknowledges the hospitality of the Henri Poincar´e Institute (Centre Emile Borel – UMS 839 IHP CNRS/UPMC) in Paris, where he visited during the final stage of the preparation of this paper.
Random unitaries in non-commutative tori, and an asymptotic model for q-circular systems
Acknowledgement : The authors are indebted to A.
Front motion for phase transitions in systems with memory
Having acknowledged that the highly excited states cannot be predicted individually, one can ask whether the experimental data have some generic statistical features that can be described theoretically.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
We would like to acknowledge discussions and collaborations on the sub ject of this review with G.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Phil Duxbury is acknowledged for a crucial suggestion, and Simone Artz, Martin Dub´e, and Heiko Rieger for discussions.
Energy landscapes in random systems, driven interfaces and wetting