Definition of recognition in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɛkəɡˈnɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
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 methods of production have improved out of all 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.
1.2Acknowledgement of the existence, validity, or legality of something: 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.
acknowledgement, acceptance, admission, conceding, concession, granting;
realization, awareness, consciousness, knowledge, perception, appreciation, understanding, apprehension, cognizance
official approval, certification, accreditation, endorsement, sanctioning, validation, ratification
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 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, a pat on the back, hat tip, credit, commendation, acclaim, acclamation;
tributes, acknowledgement, reward, honour, homage, applause, a round of applause, accolades;
a mention
informal bouquets, brownie points
1.4 (also diplomatic recognition) Formal acknowledgement by a country that another political entity fulfils the conditions of statehood and is eligible to be dealt with as a member of the international community: they are granting full recognition to the republic
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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.


beyond recognition

So as to be no longer recognizable: within a few years, the Soviet Union changed almost beyond recognition methods of production have improved beyond all recognition
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  • Witnesses said many of the dead were damaged beyond recognition.
  • They vanished without trace, changing the lives of the people who cared about them beyond recognition.
  • Olympic ripples are changing my neighbourhood, almost beyond recognition.


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

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