Definition of acknowledgement in English:

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Pronunciation: /əkˈnɒlɪdʒm(ə)nt/
(also chiefly US acknowledgment)


[mass noun]
1Acceptance of the truth or existence of something: there was no acknowledgement of the family’s trauma
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  • There is an undercurrent of fear in our society that we may disappear without media acknowledgement of our existence.
  • To talk in an adult way about safe sex, for example, meant frank acknowledgement of the existence of homosexuality and prostitution.
  • It involves our acknowledgment that the existence of such phenomena entails certain responsibilities for those who remain unaffected by them.
approval of, acquiescence in, agreement with, concurrence with, respect for, cooperation with
2Recognition of the importance or quality of something.
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  • Affirmations, acknowledgment, and recognition are important, but it is the questions and challenges that arise from the differences that are vital.
  • In the past 10 years there has been increased acknowledgement of the importance of doctors' communication with patients concerning the diagnosis of cancer.
  • He argued persuasively for acknowledgement of the importance of studying regional folklore in its social context.
2.1The expression of gratitude or appreciation for something: he received an award in acknowledgement of his work
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  • Wallin, who has already received four honorary degrees and several awards and honours in acknowledgment of her work, will address graduates in applied health sciences and arts.
  • Now, not only are you doing most of the work, you are not entitled to any acknowledgement, never mind gratitude, for doing it at all.
  • Instead of trophies going to the winning teams, all dance groups were presented with framed certificates in acknowledgment of, and in thanks for, their participation.
thanks, gratitude, appreciation, praise, commendation, credit, recognition, regard, respect;
expression of appreciation, expression of gratitude, mention, honourable mention, hat tip;
a pat on the back, a round of applause
rare laudation
2.2The action of showing that one has noticed someone or something: he touched his hat in acknowledgement
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  • Even a passive observer would nod in acknowledgement.
  • He was smiling in acknowledgement as their eyes met.
  • We both nodded in acknowledgement and then I took a seat.
greeting, welcome, salutation, saluting, hailing, address, hello, hallo;
recognition, notice, heed, consideration
2.3 [count noun] A letter confirming receipt of something: I received an acknowledgement of my application
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  • The Premier's Office responded with a curt acknowledgment of receipt of the letter.
  • To date he has not even received an acknowledgement of his letter.
  • It happens that it was published on the day I received an acknowledgement of my letter of complaint to the hospital regarding my own case.
informal comeback
3 (acknowledgements) A statement printed at the beginning of a book expressing the author’s or publisher’s gratitude to others: the reproduction on page 50 wasn’t mentioned in the acknowledgements
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  • The book has a total of 448 pages including notes, bibliography, acknowledgements, photo credits, and the index.
  • But I would like to know if these acknowledgements were ever published in a real book.
  • As the acknowledgements state, the book was commissioned by the US Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence and is intended for use by members of the intelligence community to predict the outcome of ethnic conflicts.

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