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English definition of “recognize”

recognize

verb (ACCEPT) (UK usually recognise)     /ˈrek.əɡ.naɪz/
B2 [T] to accept that something is legal , true , or important : The international community has refused to recognize (= officially accept the existence of) the newly independent nation state . [+ (that)] He sadly recognized (that) he would die childless . You must recognize the seriousness of the problems we are facing .BelievingAccepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval C1 [T often passive] If a person's achievements are recognized, official approval is shown for them: The prime minister recognized her services to her country by awarding her an MBE .Praising and applaudingExaggerating and playing down
(Definition of recognize verb (ACCEPT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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