Definition of acknowledge


  • declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of; "He admitted his errors", "She acknowledged that she might have forgotten". Synonyms: admit. Antonyms: deny.
  • report the receipt of; "The program committee acknowledged the submission of the authors of the paper". Synonyms: receipt.
  • express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with; "He never acknowledges his colleagues when they run into him in the hallway", "She acknowledged his complement with a smile", "it is important to acknowledge the work of others in one's own writing". Synonyms: notice.
  • express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for; "We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us". Synonyms: recognise, recognize.
  • accept as legally binding and valid; "acknowledge the deed".
  • accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority; "The Crown Prince was acknowledged as the true heir to the throne", "We do not recognize your gods". Synonyms: know, recognise, recognize.

Related words

appreciate, attorn, avouch, avow, cite, concede, confess, fink, mention, profess, squeal, sustain.

Words nearby acknowledge


Rhymes with acknowledge

college, knowledge.

Start with acknowledge

acknowledgedly, acknowledged, acknowledges, acknowledgement.

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • acknowledge is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 22 points
  • acknowledge is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 22 points
  • acknowledge is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 26 points
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