Meaning of “recognize” in the English Dictionary

"recognize" in English

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UK usually recognise uk /ˈrek.əɡ.naɪz/ 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:

[ + (that) ] He sadly recognized (that) he would die childless.
You must recognize the seriousness of the problems we are facing.

C1 [ T often passive ] If a person's achievements are recognized, official approval 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 school teacher 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 ever see her again.

To recognize is also to show public appreciation 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 /ˈrekəɡnaɪz/ us

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 staff training 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 outstanding work.

to accept officially 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 official training centre.
They refused to recognize the interim government.

IT if a machine recognizes something, it is able to read it electronically and get information:

The device recognises the bar code 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 finance system fails to recognise the costs of meeting required standards.
They are not required to recognize in their financial statements any short-term declines in the value of stock.

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