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verb [transitive] [not usually progressive] British English pronunciation: recognize /ˈrekəɡnaɪz/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrecognize
he/she/itrecognizes
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 the voice!

  2. 2
    to accept that something is true or important

    Most fishermen recognize the need to limit fishing.

    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.

  3. 3
    to give praise or approval to someone

    Today, her achievement was recognized with a civic reception.

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