Meaning of “acknowledge” in the English Dictionary

"acknowledge" in 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.

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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 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)

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Everyone will acknowledge the value of clear regulations in a continually developing field where the economic and legal stakes are considerable.
We acknowledge, secondly, that greater quality, certifications, audits and so on will entail additional costs for our farmers, particularly the smaller ones.
I think we should put this enmity behind us and acknowledge that these renewable sources of energy only have one enemy.
Having said that, this report and the regulation acknowledge that certain state aids are acceptable and indeed desirable in relation to employment schemes.
We must ensure that they are not exposed to unnecessary and unacceptable health risks and acknowledge the public concern on this issue.
Furthermore, if we acknowledge that we are a world player and that our ambition is to play a decisive role, we must champion an effective form of multilateralism.
I acknowledge her efforts.
On the one hand, we hypocritically acknowledge the right of the public to have access to documents, and, on the other, we admit that some of these documents are 'confidential' .
We know that they are completely different things, but the public in general does not know, and we must acknowledge that these coincidences or similarities are very unfortunate.
I should like to acknowledge the understanding of the public and the level of cooperation between the authorities north and south of the border.