Other forms: recognized; recognizing; recognizes

When, at a meeting, you wave your hand wildly, you want to be recognized. When the chairperson finally says, “I recognize the man who is about to fall out of his seat,” don't forget what you wanted to say.

The verb recognize comes from the Latin root words re (again) and cognoscere (to know) – literally “to know again” or “to identify.” If your own identical twin doesn't recognize you, you might be wearing too much makeup. Recognize can also mean “to acknowledge” or “to appreciate.” When you recognize the donors for their generous contributions to your fundraising event, your parents say, “You're welcome.”

Definitions of recognize
  1. verb
    perceive to be the same
    synonyms: recognise
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    consider to be equal or the same
    misidentify, mistake
    identify incorrectly
    type, typecast
    identify as belonging to a certain type
    distinguish flavors
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    call back, call up, recall, recollect, remember, retrieve, think
    recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection
  2. verb
    be fully aware or cognizant of
    synonyms: agnise, agnize, realise, realize, recognise
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    know the nature or character of
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    cognise, cognize, know
    be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about
  3. verb
    detect with the senses
    synonyms: discern, distinguish, make out, pick out, recognise, spot, tell apart
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    make clearly visible
  4. verb
    accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
    “We do not recognize your gods”
    synonyms: acknowledge, know, recognise
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    consider or hold as true
  5. verb
    grant credentials to
    “The Regents officially recognized the new educational institution”
    recognize an academic degree”
    synonyms: accredit, recognise
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    certify, licence, license
    authorize officially
  6. verb
    express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for
    synonyms: acknowledge, recognise
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    recognize with gratitude; be grateful for
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    give thanks, thank
    express gratitude or show appreciation to
  7. verb
    show approval or appreciation of
    “My work is not recognized by anybody!”
    “The best student was recognized by the Dean”
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    honor, honour, reward
    bestow honor or rewards upon
    place in the church calendar as a red-letter day honoring a saint
    drink, pledge, salute, toast, wassail
    propose a toast to
    dignify, ennoble
    confer dignity or honor upon
    award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to
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    appreciate, prize, treasure, value
    hold dear
  8. verb
    express greetings upon meeting someone
    synonyms: greet, recognise
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    shake hands
    take someone's hands and shake them as a gesture of greeting or congratulation
    bob, curtsy
    make a curtsy; usually done only by girls and women; as a sign of respect
    greet in a friendly way
    present, salute
    recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position
    honor with a military ceremony, as when honoring dead soldiers
    hail, herald
    greet enthusiastically or joyfully
    receive, welcome
    bid welcome to; greet upon arrival
    say farewell
    say good-bye or bid farewell
    bid, wish
    invoke upon
    congratulate, felicitate
    express congratulations
    greet with a salaam
    dismiss, usher out
    end one's encounter with somebody by causing or permitting the person to leave
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    accost, address, come up to
    speak to someone
  9. verb
    exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate)
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)




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