acknowledge


acknowledge
verb (T)
1 ADMIT to admit or accept that something is true or that a situation exists: a broadcast message acknowledging their responsibility for the bombing | acknowledge that: By November 1914 the government was forced to acknowledge that its policy had failed. | It is now generally acknowledged that he was innocent.
2 be acknowledged as to be thought of as being very important or very good by a large number of people: Lasalle is widely acknowledged as the world's greatest living authority on Impressionist painting.
3 ACCEPT SB'S AUTHORITY to officially accept that a government, court, leader etc has legal or official authority: Both defendants refused to acknowledge the authority of the court. | acknowledge sb as: The people acknowledged Mandela as their leader.
4 LETTER/MESSAGE ETC to tell someone that you have received their message, letter, package etc: acknowledge receipt of: Please acknowledge receipt of this document by signing the enclosed form.
5 SHOW THANKS FOR to publicly announce that you are grateful for the help that someone has given you: The author wishes to acknowledge the assistance of the Defense Department.
6 SHOW YOU NOTICE SB to show someone that you have seen them or heard what they have said: Tina was so rude, she didn't even acknowledge my presence.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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