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  • acknowledgement (most common British spelling, also sometimes used in the US)


acknowledge +‎ -ment


  • (General American) IPA(key): /əkˈnɑl.ɪd͡ʒ.mənt/, /əɡˈnɑl.ɪd͡ʒ.mənt/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əkˈnɒl.ɪd͡ʒ.mənt/, /əɡˈnɒl.ɪd͡ʒ.mənt/
  • Hyphenation: ac‧know‧ledg‧ment
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acknowledgment (countable and uncountable, plural acknowledgments)

  1. The act of acknowledging
    Synonym: admission.
  2. The act of recognizing in a particular character or relationship; recognition of existence, authority, truth, or genuineness.
  3. A reward or other expression or token of gratitude.
  4. An expression of gratitude for a benefit or an obligation.
    the acknowledgment of a favor
  5. A message from the addressee informing the originator that the originator's communication has been received and understood.
    the acknowledgment of a wedding invitation
  6. (telecommunications, computing, networking) A response (ACK) sent by a receiver to indicate successful receipt of a transmission (See Wikipedia article on transmission).
  7. A recognition as genuine or valid; an avowing or admission in legal form.
    acknowledgment of a deed
    • 1871, John Stuart Mill, Principles of Political Economy, p. 41:
      This is conveniently done by means of a written instrument, called a bill of exchange, which is, in fact, a transferable order by a creditor upon his debtor, and when accepted by the debtor, that is, authenticated by his signature, becomes an acknowledgment of debt.
  8. (law) The act of a person admitting a child as their own.
  9. (law) A formal statement or document recognizing the fulfillment or execution of a legal requirement or procedure.



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