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English definition of “recognize”

recognize

verb (ACCEPT) (UK usually recognise)     /ˈrek.əɡ.naɪz/
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.BelievingAccepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval 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.Praising and applaudingExaggerating and playing down
(Definition of recognize verb (ACCEPT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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