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recognize

verb [T] ( also UK -ise)
 
 
/ˈrekəɡnaɪz/
KNOW B1 to know someone or something because you have seen or experienced them before: I recognized her from her picture. Doctors are trained to recognize the symptoms of disease.Knowledge and awarenessIdentifying
ACCEPT B2 to accept that something is true or real: [+ (that)] She recognized that she had been partly to blame. Smoking is recognized as a leading cause of lung cancer.Accepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval
SHOW RESPECT to officially show respect for someone for an achievement: He was recognized by the governor for his work with teenagers.Showing respect and admiration
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