Definition of recognition in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrekəɡˈniSH(ə)n/


1The action or process of recognizing or being recognized, in particular.
1.1Identification of a thing or person from previous encounters or knowledge: she saw him pass by without a sign of recognition
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  • The coroner of the Isle of Wight credits enthusiasts with metal detecters for ‘expanding our knowledge and changing it out of all recognition.’
  • Many of the bodies have been burned beyond recognition, and few have so far been identified.
  • At the same time our knowledge of biochemistry has grown out of all recognition.
1.2Acknowledgment of something’s existence, validity, or legality: the unions must receive proper recognition
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  • The Indian people of Mexico are on the verge of gaining recognition of their existence and having their rights become a political fact in the constitutional and social reality of Mexico.
  • There are now some two to three million people in the world seeking some form of constitutional recognition of their existence, as a group, and some form of self-government.
  • Neither was there official recognition of the existence of an accounting profession.
acknowledgment, acceptance, admission;
realization, awareness, consciousness, knowledge, appreciation
formal cognizance
official approval, certification, accreditation, endorsement, validation
1.3Appreciation or acclaim for an achievement, service, or ability: his work was slow to gain recognition she received the award in recognition of her courageous human rights work
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  • She was acclaimed in the New Year's Honours List in recognition of her continued services to the tourism industry in York and Yorkshire.
  • At a ceremony to be held in the Sligo Park Hotel next September a group of local players are to be honoured by Rovers in recognition of their services to the club.
  • Mandelbrot has received numerous honours and prizes in recognition of his remarkable achievements.
appreciation, gratitude, thanks, congratulations, credit, commendation, acclaim, acknowledgment
informal bouquets
1.4 (also diplomatic recognition) Formal acknowledgment by a country that another political entity fulfills the conditions of statehood and is eligible to be dealt with as a member of the international community.
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  • In 1992 the country became a sovereign state as a direct result of recognition by member states of the European Union and the United States.
  • The lack of formal recognition for Taiwan acts as an intolerable barrier to their international trading and commercial relations.
  • The US recognised Beijing as the legitimate government of the whole of China and ended its formal recognition of Taiwan.


Late 15th century (denoting the acknowledgment of a service): from Latin recognitio(n-), from the verb recognoscere 'know again, recall to mind' (see recognize).

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