Definition of “acknowledge” - English Dictionary

“acknowledge” in English

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acknowledgeverb [ T ]

uk /əkˈnɒl.ɪdʒ/ us /əkˈnɑː.lɪdʒ/

C1 to accept, admit, or recognize something, or the truth or existence of something:

[ + -ing verb ] She acknowledged having been at fault.
[ + that ] She acknowledged that she had been at fault.
You must acknowledge the truth of her argument.
Historians generally acknowledge her as a genius in her field.
[ + obj + to infinitive ] She is usually acknowledged to be one of our best artists.
They refused to acknowledge (= to recognize officially) the new government.
He didn't even acknowledge my presence (= show that he had seen me).
The government won't even acknowledge the existence of the problem.

C1 to tell someone, usually in a letter or email, that you have received something they sent you:

Please acknowledge receipt of this letter.

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(Definition of “acknowledge” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“acknowledge” in American English

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acknowledgeverb [ T ]

us /ɪkˈnɑl·ɪdʒ, æk-/

to accept the truth or recognize the existence of something:

The president acknowledged his mistake in not vetoing the tax bill.
He’s acknowledged as a leader in the Latino community.
fml Please acknowledge receipt of this letter (= tell us when you receive it).

(Definition of “acknowledge” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“acknowledge” in Business English

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acknowledgeverb [ T ]

uk /əkˈnɒlɪdʒ/ us COMMUNICATIONS

to let someone know that you have received something that they sent to you:

acknowledge receipt of sth Please acknowledge receipt of this letter.

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

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On the one hand, we hypocritically acknowledge the right of the public to have access to documents, and, on the other, we admit that some of these documents are 'confidential' .
We know that they are completely different things, but the public in general does not know, and we must acknowledge that these coincidences or similarities are very unfortunate.
He is right to acknowledge the scale of the challenge faced by the region, as well as the scale of the achievement that has been accomplished.
I should like to acknowledge the understanding of the public and the level of cooperation between the authorities north and south of the border.
We also acknowledge that small - but equally deserving - applicants have been disadvantaged in the past by the arcane nature and length of the assessment process.
Otherwise, we shall often end up in situations in which we have to acknowledge that we cannot do what is necessary.
I think we should put this enmity behind us and acknowledge that these renewable sources of energy only have one enemy.
In this regard, perhaps we should acknowledge that we have not applied everything that our emotions at that time inspired us to agree.
Everyone will acknowledge the value of clear regulations in a continually developing field where the economic and legal stakes are considerable.
We must ensure that they are not exposed to unnecessary and unacceptable health risks and acknowledge the public concern on this issue.