acknowledge

Definition of acknowledge

ac`knowl´edge   Pronunciation: ăk`nǒl´ĕj
v. t.1.To own or admit the knowledge of; to recognize as a fact or truth; to declare one's belief in; as, to acknowledge the being of a God.
[imp. & p. p. acknowledged (ăk*nǒl"ĕjd); p. pr. & vb. n. acknowledging (ăk*nǒl"ĕj*ĭng).]
I acknowledge my transgressions.
- Ps. li. 3.
For ends generally acknowledged to be good.
- Macaulay.
2.To own or recognize in a particular character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him.
- Prov. iii. 6.
By my soul, I'll ne'er acknowledge thee.
- Shak.
3.To own with gratitude or as a benefit or an obligation; as, to acknowledge a favor, the receipt of a letter.
They his gifts acknowledged none.
- Milton.
4.To own as genuine; to assent to, as a legal instrument, to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form; as, to acknowledge a deed.

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