Giving an acknowledgement is a way of giving credit or props. Acknowledgements let you know who contributed or did work on something.

If you look at the acknowledgments section of a book, it tells you who helped the author: writers give acknowledgment to editors, agents, friends, family, teachers, people they interviewed, and anyone else who helped them while writing. In sports or the entertainment world, award-winners usually give acknowledgment to people important them. When you see the word acknowledgment, think "giving credit and thanks".

Definitions of acknowledgement
  1. noun
    the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged
    “she seems to avoid much in the way of recognition or acknowledgement of feminist work prior to her own”
    synonyms: acknowledgment, recognition
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    the state of being acceptable and accepted
  2. noun
    a statement acknowledging something or someone
    synonyms: acknowledgment
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    a list of acknowledgements of those who contributed to the creation of a film (usually run at the end of the film)
    an acknowledgment (usually tangible) that payment has been made
    farewell, word of farewell
    an acknowledgment or expression of goodwill at parting
    greeting, salutation
    (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
    aloha, ciao
    an acknowledgment that can be used to say hello or goodbye (aloha is Hawaiian and ciao is Italian)
    handclasp, handshake, handshaking, shake
    grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract)
    an expression of regret at having caused trouble for someone
    mea culpa
    an acknowledgment of your error or guilt
    commiseration, condolence
    an expression of sympathy with another's grief
    declination, regrets
    a polite refusal of an invitation
    an acknowledgment of the truth of something
    an acknowledgment of appreciation
    stub, ticket stub
    a torn part of a ticket returned to the holder as a receipt
    bill of lading, waybill
    a receipt given by the carrier to the shipper acknowledging receipt of the goods being shipped and specifying the terms of delivery
    adieu, adios, arrivederci, au revoir, auf wiedersehen, bye, bye-bye, cheerio, good day, good-by, good-bye, goodby, goodbye, sayonara, so long
    a farewell remark
    bon voyage, send-off
    an organized expression of goodwill at the start of a trip or new venture
    an expression of good will from one person to another
    compliments, regard, wish
    (usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare
    reception, response
    the manner in which something is greeted
    enthusiastic greeting
    kiss of peace, pax
    (Roman Catholic Church) a greeting signifying Christian love for those assisting at the Eucharist
    a greeting or reception
    an act of greeting with friendly words and gestures like bowing or lifting the hat
    hello, hi, how-do-you-do, howdy, hullo
    an expression of greeting
    good morning, morning
    a conventional expression of greeting or farewell
    afternoon, good afternoon
    a conventional expression of greeting or farewell
    good night
    a conventional expression of farewell
    military greeting, salute
    a formal military gesture of respect
    calling card, card, visiting card
    a printed or written greeting that is left to indicate that you have visited
    an admission of misdeeds or faults
    an expression of gratitude
    thank you
    a conversational expression of gratitude
    bow, curtain call
    an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience
    pawn ticket
    a pawnbroker's receipt for articles taken as security
    type of:
    content, message, subject matter, substance
    what a communication that is about something is about
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