verb[with object] archaic
Recognize the existence of.
- The concentration of power in the hands of local dynasts brought about a de facto change in the land tenure system, compelling the government to agnize private ownership of land, albeit unofficially.
- A cabinet of statesmen who, agnizing the process of moral devolution in Germany ever since Stein was dismissed, have dedicated themselves to the task of restoring Germany to her true self.
Mid 16th century: from Latin agnoscere 'acknowledge, recognize', on the pattern of cognize, recognize.
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