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recognize

verb [T]  /ˈrek·əɡˌnɑɪz/ us  

recognize verb [T] (KNOW)

to know someone or something because you have seen or experienced that person or thing before: I recognized my old high school teacher from the photograph. Doctors are trained to recognize the symptoms of different diseases.

recognize verb [T] (ACCEPT AS TRUE)

to accept that something is true, important, or legal: [T] We recognize the problems you’ve faced and sympathize with you. [+ that clause] He recognized that it was unlikely he would ever see her again. To recognize is also to show public appreciation for the achievements of someone, or a person or group: [T] With this medal, we would like to recognize Lynn Jennings for excellence in women’s running.
recognizably
adverb  /ˈrek·əɡˌnɑɪ·zə·bli/ us  
a recognizably American name
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