Meaning of “acknowledge” in the English Dictionary

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"acknowledge" in British English

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acknowledgeverb [ T ]

uk /əkˈnɒl.ɪdʒ/ us /əkˈnɑː.lɪdʒ/

C1 to accept, admit, or recognize something, or the truth or existence of something:

[ + -ing verb ] She acknowledged having been at fault.
[ + that ] She acknowledged that she had been at fault.
You must acknowledge the truth of her argument.
Historians generally acknowledge her as a genius in her field.
[ + obj + to infinitive ] She is usually acknowledged to be one of our best artists.
They refused to acknowledge (= to recognize officially) the new government.
He didn't even acknowledge my presence (= show that he had seen me).
The government won't even acknowledge the existence of the problem.

C1 to tell someone, usually in a letter or email, that you have received something they sent you:

Please acknowledge receipt of this letter.

More examples

  • Always acknowledge your sources at the end of an essay.
  • The government has acknowledged that homelessness is a problem but it has failed to grasp the scale of the problem.
  • It is widely acknowledged that the welfare system is under-resourced.
  • She acknowledged me with a quick bob of her head.
  • I regarded her failure to acknowledge my greeting as a slight.

(Definition of “acknowledge” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"acknowledge" in American English

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acknowledgeverb [ T ]

us /ɪkˈnɑl·ɪdʒ, æk-/

to accept the truth or recognize the existence of something:

The president acknowledged his mistake in not vetoing the tax bill.
He’s acknowledged as a leader in the Latino community.
fml Please acknowledge receipt of this letter (= tell us when you receive it).

(Definition of “acknowledge” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"acknowledge" in Business English

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acknowledgeverb [ T ]

uk /əkˈnɒlɪdʒ/ us COMMUNICATIONS

to let someone know that you have received something that they sent to you:

acknowledge receipt of sth Please acknowledge receipt of this letter.

(Definition of “acknowledge” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)