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verb [transitive] [not usually progressive] recognize pronunciation in American English /ˈrekəɡˌnaɪz/
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present tense
present participlerecognizing
past tenserecognized
past participlerecognized
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  1. 1
    to know who the person is or what the thing is that you are seeing, hearing, etc. because you have seen, heard, etc. them before
    I hardly recognized you with a beard!
    I recognized the house from your description.
    Asthma sufferers soon learn to recognize the symptoms of an attack.
    I thought I recognized her voice!
  2. 2
    to accept that something is true or important
    Most people who fish recognize the need to preserve fish stocks.
    The importance of Herschel’s contribution is generally recognized.
    recognize (that): We recognize that there are some problems with the current system.
    1. a.
      to accept the authority or status of someone or something
      This credit card is recognized all over the world.
      recognize someone/something as something: He is recognized as the new champion.
    2. b.
      to officially agree that a country or organization exists
      Many countries refused to recognize Macedonia.
  3. 3
    to give praise or approval to someone
    Joyce’s novel has since been recognized as one of the greatest of the century.
    Today, her achievement was recognized with a civic reception.


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