When you recognize or admit the truth of something, you make an acknowledgment. Your grumpy friend who never gets enough sleep? He needs to make an acknowledgment of what his late nights are doing to his mood.

Other kinds of acknowledgments give credit where it's due. Research papers that quote other people's words or ideas contain acknowledgments that name the source. Publicly thanking someone is another kind of acknowledgment. Award winners at the Oscars and other ceremonies often rattle off a big list of names, acknowledgement for their contribution to the winner's success.

Definitions of acknowledgment

n the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged

acknowledgement, recognition
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the state of being acceptable and accepted

n a statement acknowledging something or someone

“she must have seen him but she gave no sign of acknowledgment
“the preface contained an acknowledgment of those who had helped her”
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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
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content, message, subject matter, substance
what a communication that is about something is about

n a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage

“the acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book”
citation, cite, credit, mention, quotation, reference
photo credit
a note acknowledging the source of a published photograph
cross-index, cross-reference
a reference at one place in a work to information at another place in the same work
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annotation, notation, note
a comment or instruction (usually added)

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