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Dictionary definition for: Recognize

1. (v) 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"

2. (v) be fully aware or cognizant of

3. (v) detect with the senses; "The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards" "I can''t make out the faces in this photograph"

4. (v) perceive to be the same

5. (v) grant credentials to; "The Regents officially recognized the new educational institution" "recognize an academic degree"

6. (v) express greetings upon meeting someone

7. (v) express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for; "We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us"

8. (v) exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate)

9. (v) show approval or appreciation of; "My work is not recognized by anybody!" "The best student was recognized by the Dean"

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