Definition of “recognition” - English Dictionary

“recognition” in British English

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recognitionnoun

uk /ˌrek.əɡˈnɪʃ.ən/ us /ˌrek.əɡˈnɪʃ.ən/

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.

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

“recognition” in American English

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recognitionnoun [ U ]

us /ˌrek·əɡˈnɪʃ·ən/

recognition noun [ U ] (KNOWLEDGE)

the fact of knowing who a person is or what a thing is because of having seen or experienced that person or thing before:

Dole obviously had the greatest name recognition of all the Republican candidates.

recognition noun [ U ] (APPRECIATION)

public appreciation for a person’s or group’s achievements:

She gained recognition as an expert in energy conservation.

Recognition also refers to the accepting of something as true:

Charges were dropped in recognition of the fact that there simply wasn’t enough evidence.

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

“recognition” in Business English

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recognitionnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌrekəɡˈnɪʃən/ us

MARKETING a situation in which people know what something is when they see or hear it:

After thirty years of trading, the company name enjoys global recognition.
We have poor brand recognition in the Asian market.
Skype's dominance and name recognition can pose problems for competitors.

the act of praising or rewarding someone for something they have done:

We did all the work but they got all the recognition!
They are to receive bonuses in recognition of their work.

official agreement that an organization has authority to do things:

They have been trying for three years to get recognition for their union.
The council runs a recognition scheme for private colleges.

IT the ability of a machine to read something electronically and to get information from it:

text recognition software

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