Recognize - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈrekəɡnaɪz|  American pronunciation of the word recognize
Brit.  |ˈrɛkəɡnʌɪz|  British pronunciation of the word recognize


- accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority(syn: acknowledge, know, recognise)
- be fully aware or cognizant of (syn: agnise, agnize, realise, realize, recognise)
- detect with the senses (syn: discern, distinguish, recognise, spot)
- perceive to be the same (syn: recognise)
- grant credentials to(syn: accredit, recognise)
- express greetings upon meeting someone (syn: greet, recognise)
- express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for (syn: acknowledge, recognise)
- exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate)
- show approval or appreciation of(syn: recognise)


I didn't recognize you at first with your new haircut.

I can always recognize him from far away by the way he walks.

They recognized the odor at once.

The U.S. government has now recognized the newly formed country.

They refused to recognize the treaty.

I recognized an old friend in him.

I had to recognize he was right.

We recognized that the situation was hopeless.

He recognized that he was not qualified for the post.

He is generally / universally recognized as an authority on the subject.

The operation is not recognized as legal in many states.

He recognized his neighbor with a nod.

One recognizes the truth when one sees it.

I didn't recognize you in your uniform.

It was malaria, but Dr Lee hadn't recognized the symptoms.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: recognize
he/she/it: recognizes
present participle: recognizing
past tense: recognized
past participle: recognized
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