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verb (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 international community has refused to recognize (= officially accept the existence of) the newly independent nation state. [+ (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 prime minister recognized her services to her country by awarding her an MBE.
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