Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

acknowledge

 - definitions and thesaurus
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb [transitive] acknowledge pronunciation in British English /əkˈnɒlɪdʒ/ 
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyacknowledge
he/she/itacknowledges
present participleacknowledging
past tenseacknowledged
past participleacknowledged
  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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of acknowledge
    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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of acknowledge
    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.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of acknowledge
  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.

    1. a.
      to show that you are grateful to people who are clapping or cheering for you by waving your hand, nodding your head etc

      She stood back and acknowledged the applause of the crowd.

likebait

web content which is specifically intended to make Facebook users click the 'Like' button associated with it

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Grexit

the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog