(BrE also -ise) verb
1 know sb/sth again
immediately, instantly

I immediately recognized the building.

correctly, well

She recognized the song correctly.


This is the only species of flamingo in the region, easily recognized by its pink plumage.

barely, hardly

Stella hardly recognized her brother.


I vaguely recognized his voice, but couldn't think of his name.

learn to

You learn to recognize the calls of different birds.

be easy to

He recognized the man as one of the police officers.


I recognized her by her red hair.


I recognized them from a television show.

2 understand or acknowledge sth
clearly, fully

They fully recognize the need to proceed carefully.

belatedly, finally

The government has belatedly recognized the danger to health of passive smoking.


He readily recognizes the influence of Freud on his thinking.


The 1970s are rightly recognized as a golden era of Hollywood film-making.

must, need to
begin to
be slow to

The company had been slow to recognize the opportunities available to it.

fail to

This issue must be recognized as a priority for the next administration.

be commonly recognized, be generally recognized, be universally recognized, be widely recognized
be increasingly recognized

The strength of this argument is being increasingly recognized.

failure to recognize sth
it is important to recognize sth

It's important to recognize that obesity isn't necessarily caused by overeating.

3 accept sth officially

The law clearly recognizes that a company is separate from those who invest in it.

federally (AmE), formally, legally, officially
globally, internationally, nationally

The estuary is recognized internationally as an important area for wildlife.


The company should publicly recognize its mistake.

explicitly, implicitly

The court explicitly recognized the group's right to exist.

Criminal law implicitly recognizes a difference between animals and property.


Do any US states currently recognize gay marriage?

agree to
refuse to

All rivers should be officially recognized as public rights of way.

be legally recognized

A bill of exchange is a legally recognized document.

a refusal to recognize sth
Recognize is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑law, ↑treaty
Recognize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ability, ↑accomplishment, ↑achievement, ↑authority, ↑benefit, ↑breed, ↑category, ↑complexity, ↑contribution, ↑danger, ↑debt, ↑difference, ↑distinction, ↑enormity, ↑error, ↑excellence, ↑existence, ↑extent, ↑fact, ↑failing, ↑folly, ↑futility, ↑handwriting, ↑impact, ↑importance, ↑inadequacy, ↑independence, ↑inevitability, ↑influence, ↑landmark, ↑limit, ↑limitation, ↑link, ↑marriage, ↑merit, ↑mistake, ↑nature, ↑necessity, ↑need, ↑pattern, ↑plight, ↑possibility, ↑potential, ↑problem, ↑reality, ↑republic, ↑responsibility, ↑right, ↑role, ↑seriousness, ↑shortcoming, ↑sign, ↑signature, ↑significance, ↑similarity, ↑sovereignty, ↑status, ↑symptom, ↑syndrome, ↑talent, ↑trait, ↑type, ↑union, ↑validity, ↑value, ↑voice, ↑weakness, ↑worth, ↑writing, ↑wrong

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  • recognize — rec·og·nize vt nized, niz·ing 1: to acknowledge formally: as a: to admit as being of a particular status recognize a precedent recognize a union; specif: to acknowledge (as a right, cause of action, or defense) as valid b: to admit as being one… …   Law dictionary

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  • recognize — early 15c., resume possession of land, from M.Fr. reconiss , stem of reconoistre to know again, identify, recognize, from O.Fr., from L. recognoscere acknowledge, recall to mind, know again, examine, certify, from re again (see RE (Cf. re )) +… …   Etymology dictionary

  • recognize — [v1] identify admit, be familiar, button down*, descry, determinate, diagnose, diagnosticate, distinguish, espy, finger*, flash on*, know, know again, make*, make out, nail*, note, notice, observe, peg*, perceive, pinpoint, place, recall,… …   New thesaurus

  • Recognize — Rec og*nize, v. i. (Law) To enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal; as, A B recognized in the sum of twenty dollars. [Written also {recognise}.] [1913 Webster] Note: In legal usage in the United States the second syllable is often …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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