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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 ​ourbestartists. They ​refused to acknowledge (= to ​recognizeofficially) 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.

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(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 ​taxbill. He’s acknowledged as a ​leader in the ​Latinocommunity. 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   us   /əkˈnɒlɪdʒ/ 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)
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