• WordNet 3.6
    • n acknowledgment a statement acknowledging something or someone "she must have seen him but she gave no sign of acknowledgment","the preface contained an acknowledgment of those who had helped her"
    • n acknowledgment a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage "the student's essay failed to list several important citations","the acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book","the article includes mention of similar clinical cases"
    • n acknowledgment the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged "the partners were delighted with the recognition of their work","she seems to avoid much in the way of recognition or acknowledgement of feminist work prior to her own"
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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.
    • Acknowledgment A declaration or avowal of one's own act, to give it legal validity; as, the acknowledgment of a deed before a proper officer. Also, the certificate of the officer attesting such declaration.
    • Acknowledgment Something given or done in return for a favor, message, etc.
    • Acknowledgment The act of acknowledging; admission; avowal; owning; confession. "An acknowledgment of fault."
    • Acknowledgment The act of owning or recognizing in a particular character or relationship; recognition as regards the existence, authority, truth, or genuineness; a statement acknowledging something or someone. "Immediately upon the acknowledgment of the Christian faith, the eunuch was baptized by Philip."
    • Acknowledgment The owning of a benefit received; courteous recognition; the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged; an expression of thanks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acknowledgment An admission or profession of knowledge or apprehension; a recognition of the existence or truth of anything: as, the acknowledgment of a sovereign power, or of a debt.
    • n acknowledgment An expression or manifestation of perception or appreciation; recognition, avowal, or confession: as, an acknowledgment of kindness or of one's wrong-doing.
    • n acknowledgment Something given or done in return for a favor. Smollett.
    • n acknowledgment In law: The certificate of a public officer that an instrument was acknowledged before him by the person who executed it. The act of so acknowledging execution.
    • n acknowledgment In com., a receipt.
    • n acknowledgment Also spelled acknowledgement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Acknowledgment recognition: admission: confession: thanks: a receipt
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    “No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”
  • 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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the v. Acknow, with suffix -ledge.


In literature:

In a letter of Feb. 27th, Mr. Calhoun acknowledges the receipt of it.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
This implies, that the Lord did not acknowledge Mary as a mother, but the church; therefore he calls her Woman, and the disciple's mother.
"The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love" by Emanuel Swedenborg
We thank him for the acknowledgment.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Independence acknowledged in '83.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
May God send them repentance to the acknowledgment of the truth!
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
We thank him for the acknowledgment.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
He was quite prepared to acknowledge his own vice and childish stupidity in regard to Davis.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
She had never acknowledged anything, even to herself, as to Harry Annesley.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
The agreement to acknowledge the independence of Texas, whether with or without this condition, is conclusive against Mexico.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Polk" by Compiled by James D. Richardson
I abhor bonnets; nevertheless, on some occasions, I am forced to acknowledge that they produce quite a pleasing effect.
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin

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:

But it has now officially acknowledged its own plans to build flying saucers in the 1950s.
I'm the first to admit that I'm playing catch-up when it comes to classical music—I still feel foolish acknowledging that I only learned about pianist Jeremy Denk recently.
The company denies adverse events played any role in the withdrawal, even though the company acknowledged that was t...
A reader acknowledges there are problems in Beirut, but says it is still a safe place to visit.
Bristol Palin acknowledged that some people don't like her when discussing her new show, Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp, however she may not have realized that the show's backlash could come with a $75,000 price tag.
Former Brown University star James Develin has spent this season on the Patriots' practice squad, and on Thursday the coaching staff acknowledged his behind-the-scenes work with a practice player of the week honor.
But as Schmidt acknowledged, it's also much harder to finish an Internet-based revolution than it is to start one.
Detroit Tigers, Oakland A's acknowledge each other as well as diehard A's fans following Game 5.
And this is particularly true with " disenfranchised grief"—the pain of a significant loss that is not openly acknowledged or socially supported.
The committee's report acknowledged the loss of an estimated $1.4 million.
He still refuses to acknowledge using any performance-enhancing drugs, but that's essentially what he did when he decided not to carry on the fight.
On June 10, past Post Commander Bill Gregones presented Gates with a plaque to acknowledge the special service he performed.
More important, she acknowledged its effect on her life.
There's a lot of professions who don't care the recognition and acknowledgement for all the wonderful things done for society.
Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The Medina planning board reviewed and offered a simple acknowledgement of three rezoning proposals made by the village Tuesday, including the rezoning of the Towne School property as general business.

In science:

PG and p(I ) are so de fined based on I for the sake of generality such that both normal TCP (with cumulative acknowledgements ) and TCP-SACK (selective acknowledgement option ) are covered.
Efficient Defence against Misbehaving TCP Receiver DoS Attacks
Acknowledgments. — We acknowledge insightful and interesting discussions with David Gross, Steve Flammia and Jens Eisert; we also thank Ashley Montanaro for important suggestions.
Are random pure states useful for quantum computation?
Acknowledgments L.T. wishes to acknowledge support from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft to attend PANIC08 conference.
Charm and Hidden Charm Scalar Resonances in Nuclear Matter
Acknowledgements. W. M. acknowledges the travel grant provided by IAU (Exchange of Astronomers Programme) and CNES for the postdoctoral fellowship. J-CB acknowledges financial support from the Frenc h National Research Agency (ANR) through program number ANR-06-BLAN-0105.
Analysis of Galactic late-type O dwarfs: more constraints on the weak wind problem
Acknowledgements The author acknowledges the International Space Science Institute for the financial support received to attend a meeting of the team “Coronal Waves and Oscillations” in Bern.
Prominence seismology using small amplitude oscillations