Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “recognize”

See all translations

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
(Definition of recognize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of recognize?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “recognize” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

thug

a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More