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recognition

noun uk   /ˌrek.əɡˈnɪʃ.ən/ us  

recognition noun (ACCEPTING)

C2 [S or U] agreement that something is true or legal: It's a new country, hoping for diplomatic recognition from the international community. [+ that] There's a growing recognition that this country can no longer afford to be a nuclear power. C2 [S or U] If you are given recognition, people show admiration and respect for your achievements: Ella complained that the company never gave her any recognition for her work. He was presented with a gold watch in recognition of (= to show respect for) his years as club secretary.

recognition noun (KNOWING)

C2 [U] the fact of knowing someone or something because you have seen or heard him or her or experienced it before: When he returned to his home town after the war, he found it had changed out of all/beyond all recognition (= it had changed so much that he no longer recognized it).
(Definition of recognition from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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