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verb [transitive] [not usually progressive]     recognize pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerecognizing
past tenserecognized
past participlerecognized
  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.

  2. 2
    to accept that something is true or important

    Most people who fish recognize the need to preserve fish stocks.

    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.

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