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verb [transitive] acknowledge pronunciation in British English /əkˈnɒlɪdʒ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyacknowledge
he/she/itacknowledges
present participleacknowledging
past tenseacknowledged
past participleacknowledged
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  1. 1
    to accept or admit that something exists, is true, or is real
    He never acknowledges his mistakes (=admits that he has made them).
    acknowledge that: She won’t acknowledge that there’s a problem.
    1. a.
      [usually passive] to know or recognize that someone or something is important
      acknowledge something as being/to be something: Wimbledon is widely acknowledged as being the premier tennis tournament.
  2. 2
    to let someone know that you have received something they sent you
    Unfortunately, we cannot acknowledge all the letters we receive.
    acknowledge receipt of something: We will acknowledge receipt of your order if requested.
    1. a.
      to thank someone for something they have done or given you, especially in writing or by saying it publicly
      We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of everyone who helped us.
  3. 3
    to show that you have seen someone or that you recognize them, for example by smiling or speaking to them
    They barely acknowledge each other in public.
    acknowledge someone’s presence: James acknowledged his lawyer’s presence with a small nod.

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