Recorded since 1553, a blend of Middle English knowlechen (“to discover, reveal, acknowledge”) and aknowen (“to recognize, acknowledge”); the latter from Old English oncnāwan, ācnāwan (“to know, recognize, acknowledge”), from on + cnāwan (“to know”). Notice the preservation of /k/ word-internally (regularly spelled with ck as in back) while being lost word-initially. The prefix might have been influenced by Anglo-Norman a- (“on-, to-”). See knowledge.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əkˈnɒl.ɪdʒ/, [əkˈnɒlɨ̞dʒ], [əɡˈnɒlɨ̞dʒ]
- (US) IPA(key): /ækˈnɑl.ɪdʒ/, [əkˈnɑːɫədʒ], [ɨkˈnɑːɫɨdʒ], [əɡˈnɑːɫədʒ], [ɨɡˈnɑːɫɨdʒ]
- Rhymes: -ɒlɪdʒ, -ɒlədʒ
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- Hyphenation US: ac‧knowl‧edge, UK: ac‧know‧ledge
- (transitive) To admit the knowledge of; to recognize as a fact or truth; to declare one's belief in
- to acknowledge the being of a god
- 1849–1861, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 1, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify |volume=I to V), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323:
- For ends generally acknowledged to be good.
- 1604, Jeremy Corderoy, A Short Dialogve, wherein is Proved, that No Man can be Saved without Good VVorkes, 2nd edition, Oxford: Printed by Ioseph Barnes, and are to be sold in Paules Church-yard at the signe of the Crowne, by Simon Waterson, OCLC 55185654, page 40:
- [N]ow ſuch a liue vngodly, vvithout a care of doing the wil of the Lord (though they profeſſe him in their mouths, yea though they beleeue and acknowledge all the Articles of the Creed, yea haue knowledge of the Scripturs) yet if they liue vngodly, they deny God, and therefore ſhal be denied, […]
- (transitive) To own or recognize in a particular quality, character or relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give recognition to.
- (transitive) To be grateful of (e.g. a benefit or a favour)
- to acknowledge a favor
- (transitive) To report (the receipt of a message to its sender).
- This is to acknowledge your kind invitation to participate in the upcoming debate.
- (transitive) To own as genuine or valid; to assent to (a legal instrument) to give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form.
- 1843, Thomas Isaac Wharton, A Digest of the Reported Cases Adjudged in the Several Courts Held in Pennsylvania, Together with Some Manuscript Cases:
- One who has been sheriff may acknowledge a deed executed by him while in office.
- See also confess
- (admit knowledge of): avow, recognize, admit
- (recognize a quality): recognize, admit, allow, concede, confess, own
- (be grateful of):
- (report receipt of message):
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