• WordNet 3.6
    • v recognize 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 recognize perceive to be the same
    • v recognize be fully aware or cognizant of
    • v recognize express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for "We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us"
    • v recognize express greetings upon meeting someone
    • v recognize detect with the senses "The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards","I can't make out the faces in this photograph"
    • v recognize grant credentials to "The Regents officially recognized the new educational institution","recognize an academic degree"
    • v recognize show approval or appreciation of "My work is not recognized by anybody!","The best student was recognized by the Dean"
    • v recognize exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Iguanas can recognize their human handlers and greet them differently, compared with strangers
    • Recognize To acknowledge acquaintance with, as by salutation, bowing, or the like.
    • Recognize To avow knowledge of; to allow that one knows; to consent to admit, hold, or the like; to admit with a formal acknowledgment; as, to recognize an obligation; to recognize a consul.
    • v. i Recognize (Law) To enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal; as, A B recognized in the sum of twenty dollars.☞ In legal usage in the United States the second syllable is often accented.
    • Recognize To know again; to perceive the identity of, with a person or thing previously known; to recover or recall knowledge of. "Speak, vassal; recognize thy sovereign queen."
    • Recognize To reconnoiter.
    • Recognize To review; to reëxamine.
    • Recognize To show appreciation of; as, to recognize services by a testimonial.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1789, Morocco became the first country to recognize the United States.
    • recognize To know (the object) again; recall or recover the knowledge of; perceive the identity of with something formerly known or in the mind.
    • recognize To avow or admit a knowledge of, with approval or sanction; acknowledge or accept formally: as, to recognize one as ambassador; to recognize a government as an independent sovereignty or as a belligerent.
    • recognize To indicate one's acquaintance with (a person) by a salute: as, to pass one without recognizing him.
    • recognize To indicate appreciation of: as, to recognize merit.
    • recognize To review; reëxamine; take cognizance of anew.
    • recognize To acknowledge; admit or confess as an obligation or duty.
    • recognize =Syn. 2–4. Recognize, Acknowledge. The essential difference between these words lies in the difference between letting in to one's own knowledge (recognize) and letting out to other people's knowledge (acknowledge). Hence the opposite of recognize is disown or some kindred word; that of acknowledge is conceal or deny. To recognize an obligation and to acknowledge an obligation differ precisely in this way. The preacher may be able to make a man recognize, even if he cannot make him acknowledge his need of moral improvement. See acknowledge.
    • recognize In law, to enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal: as, A. B. recognized in the sum of twenty dollars. Also spelled recognise.
    • recognize To cognize again.
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  • Andre Gide
    “Are you then unable to recognize unless it has the same sound as yours?”
  • Pearl Bailey
    Pearl Bailey
    “People see God every day; they just don't recognize Him.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.”
  • Natasha Josefowitz
    Natasha Josefowitz
    “What is luck? It is not only chance, it is also creating the opportunity, recognizing it when it is there, and taking it when it comes.”
  • Franklin P. Jones
    “Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.”
  • Albert Camus
    “It is a well-known fact that we always recognize our homeland when we are about to lose it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Recognizance; see Cognition, and cf. Reconnoiter


In literature:

These exceptions are easily recognized in the field, and the character is of decisive specific importance (glabra, halepensis, etc.).
"The Genus Pinus" by George Russell Shaw
The troops of Lisbon, however, would no longer recognize the authority of the government.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
I would recognize you among ten thousand men.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
It just shows," he went on impatiently, "what little sense these spies have, that he didn't recognize your name.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
You were almost certain thus to puzzle an interlocutor, who could only recognize you by the closest scrutiny.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
And then in a flash I recognized the lady who had been at Overstow Hall on the day I had arrived there!
"The Golden Face" by William Le Queux
The interior being, whose existence was vaguely felt, was recognized by early man in many common experiences.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Between these, also, there were bonds of common interest, though a decided difference between the orders was recognized.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
The main reason for making the Federal judges independent and politically irresponsible has not been generally recognized.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
I recognized the cream skirt and the shawl.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

I read the Bible with my eyes,
But hardly with my brain;
Should this the meaning recognize,
My heart yet reads in vain.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
One by one I recognize them
As they silent gather near;
Some are loving, childish faces,
Knowing naught of grief or care.
"In The Twilight" by Madge Morris Wagner
You would not recognize me.
Mine is the face which blooms in
The dank mirrors of washrooms
As you grope for the light switch.
"The Tourist from Syracuse" by Donald Justice
I recognize the Christian plan,
This earthly life is built upon;
It gives a wife to ev'ry man,
And I'll be satisfied with one.
"Love and Fear Contest" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Their worth we now should recognize,
Not chant it o'er their graves;
The hero of the past we prize,
No less the man who braves
"The Heroes Of Our Day" by Joseph Horatio Chant
His ass-ship's ears he could not hide;
His roaring would not pass;
The startled beasts his ears descried,
And recognized the ass.
"The Farmer's Appeal From A Jackass To The Mayor" by David John Scott

In news:

The 43rd annual celebration recognizes the apricot industry and the city of Patterson.
Today is not a national holiday, but it is widely recognized across the world.
It was one of only three schools nationwide to be recognized.
Army Officer 's Plea: Recognize Humanism.
Army officer wants humanism officially recognized.
The gentleman from California is recognized for three minutes.
Athletes to be recognized at the last game scheduled in the Riverside senior High gymnasium.
The Riverside Athletic Department would like to recognize and honor some of the past players and cheerleaders to help commemorate the last game to be played in the Riverside Sr.
Classification society DNV has been designated as a 'Recognized Organization' by the Japanese government.
Upon her death in Mexico City in 1967, she was recognized as one of America's outstanding aviators , as esteemed in some circles as her good friend Amelia Earhart.
They also recognize that the three sisters are not interchangeable.
It is well recognized that the judicious use of opioids can facilitate effective and safe management of chronic pain.
We're quicker to recognize brand names than we are an oak tree or wildflower.
Two local students were among the graduate and undergraduate students recognized at.
Emily Marie Hornbaker of Berkeley Springs, W.Va. A graduate of Berkeley Springs High School, was among the graduate and undergraduate students recognized at.

In science:

Multigrid methods are relatively new to the scene of numerical techniques, but their power and speed are widely recognized [38–41].
Variational Principles in General Relativity
The referee also recognizes substituting the relativistic one-particle kinetic energy for the non-relativistic one in Maxwell’s velocity distribution.
On the relativistic generalization of Maxwell's velocity distribution
It has long been recognized that many solutions of Einstein’s equations contain curvature singularities, where the equations fail.
The Classical Singularity Theorems and their Quantum Loopholes
In contrast, apparent horizons can be recognized once the data on an initial slice are given.
Close encounters of black holes
Again this can be easily recognized as a gauge transformation8 in (4+1) dimensional linearized gravity involving massless quanta, as δχij can be expressed as (k iζ j (k) + k j ζ i(k)) with suitable choice for ζ i(k), where k i = (ω , 0, 0, 0, ω )T .
Translational groups as generators of gauge transformations