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English verb: acknowledge

1. acknowledge (communication) declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of

SamplesHe admitted his errors.
She acknowledged that she might have forgotten.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)adjudge, declare, hold

Narrower (hyponym)attorn, avouch, avow, concede, confess, confess, confess, fink, make no bones about, profess, squeal, sustain, write off


2. acknowledge (communication) report the receipt of

SamplesThe program committee acknowledged the submission of the authors of the paper.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across

3. acknowledge (communication) express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with

SamplesHe never acknowledges his colleagues when they run into him in the hallway.
She acknowledged his complement with a smile.
It is important to acknowledge the work of others in one's own writing.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)react, respond

Narrower (hyponym)cite, mention

4. acknowledge (communication) express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for

SamplesWe must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us.

Synonymsrecognise, recognize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)give thanks, thank

Narrower (hyponym)appreciate

5. acknowledge (cognition) accept as legally binding and valid

SamplesAcknowledge the deed.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)accept

6. acknowledge (cognition) accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority

SamplesThe Crown Prince was acknowledged as the true heir to the throne.
We do not recognize your gods.

Synonymsknow, recognise, recognize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)accept

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