recognize

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.”

Primary Meanings of recognize

1.
v
perceive to be the same
2.
v
accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
3.
v
express greetings upon meeting someone
4.
v
exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate)
Full Definitions of recognize
1

v perceive to be the same

Synonyms:
recognise
Types:
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identify
consider to be equal or the same
misidentify, mistake
identify incorrectly
type, typecast
identify as belonging to a certain type
taste
distinguish flavors
Type of:
call back, call up, recall, recollect, remember, retrieve, think
recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection

v be fully aware or cognizant of

Synonyms:
agnise, agnize, realise, realize, recognise
Types:
know
know the nature or character of
Type of:
cognise, cognize, know
be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about

v detect with the senses

Synonyms:
discern, distinguish, make out, pick out, recognise, spot, tell apart
Types:
resolve
make clearly visible
discriminate
distinguish
2

v accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority

“We do not recognize your gods”
Synonyms:
acknowledge, know, recognise
Type of:
accept
consider or hold as true

v grant credentials to

“The Regents officially recognized the new educational institution”
recognize an academic degree”
Synonyms:
accredit, recognise
Type of:
certify, licence, license
authorize officially

v express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for

Synonyms:
acknowledge, recognise
Types:
appreciate
recognize with gratitude; be grateful for
Type of:
give thanks, thank
express gratitude or show appreciation to

v show approval or appreciation of

“My work is not recognized by anybody!”
“The best student was recognized by the Dean”
Synonyms:
recognise
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honor, honour, reward
bestow honor or rewards upon
rubricate
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
decorate
award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to
Type of:
appreciate, prize, treasure, value
hold dear
3

v express greetings upon meeting someone

Synonyms:
greet, recognise
Types:
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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
salute
greet in a friendly way
present, salute
recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position
salute
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
salaam
greet with a salaam
dismiss, usher out
end one's encounter with somebody by causing or permitting the person to leave
Type of:
accost, address, come up to
speak to someone
4

v exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate)

Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

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