recognize Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “recognize” in the English Dictionary

"recognize" in British English

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(UK usually recognise) uk   us   /ˈrek.əɡ.naɪz/

recognize verb (KNOW)

B1 [T] to ​know someone or something because you have ​seen or ​heard him or her or ​experienced it before: I hadn't ​seen her for 20 ​years, but I recognized her ​immediately. Do you recognize this ​song? Doctors are ​trained to recognize the ​symptoms of different ​diseases.
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recognize verb (ACCEPT)

B2 [T] to ​accept that something is ​legal, ​true, or ​important: The ​internationalcommunity has ​refused to recognize (= ​officiallyaccept the ​existence of) the ​newlyindependentnationstate. [+ (that)] He ​sadly recognized (that) he would ​diechildless. You must recognize the ​seriousness of the ​problems we are ​facing.C1 [T often passive] If a person's ​achievements are recognized, ​officialapproval is ​shown for them: The Queen recognized his ​services to his ​country by ​awarding him an ​MBE.
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(Definition of recognize from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"recognize" in American English

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recognizeverb [T]

 us   /ˈrek·əɡˌnɑɪz/

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 ​schoolteacher 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 ​eversee her again. To recognize is also to show ​publicappreciation 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.
adverb  us   /ˈrek·əɡˌnɑɪ·zə·bli/
a recognizably American ​name
(Definition of recognize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"recognize" in Business English

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recognizeverb [T]

(also UK recognise) uk   us   /ˈrekəɡnaɪz/
to know what something is because you have seen it before, or because you have heard or read about it: Managers ​failed to recognize the symptoms as quickly as they should. More and more ​people are beginning to recognize our ​logo.
to ​accept that something is ​true or important: We need to recognize the ​value of ​stafftraining and ​development. recognize that They ​failed to recognize that more ​investment was needed.
to praise or ​reward someone for what they have done: His ​contribution to the ​project is recognized in all the ​reports.recognize sb for sth The ​award was ​created to recognize photographers for ​outstandingwork.
to ​acceptofficially that a ​person or an ​organization has ​authority to do things, usually because they can ​achieve an acceptable ​standard: recognize sth as sth The school has not yet been recognized as an ​officialtrainingcentre. They ​refused to recognize the ​interimgovernment.
IT if a ​machine recognizes something, it is able to read it ​electronically and get ​information: The ​device recognises the ​barcode and ​records the ​price. He was the ​inventor of an early ​machine to recognize handwriting.
ACCOUNTING to ​calculate a ​number or ​amount in a particular way so that it can be ​included in a company's ​accounts: The most common ​system is to recognize ​revenue when the ​invoice is ​issued. The school ​financesystemfails to recognise the ​costs of ​meetingrequiredstandards. They are not ​required to recognize in their ​financialstatements any ​short-termdeclines in the ​value of ​stock.
(Definition of recognize from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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