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recognise ‎(third-person singular simple present recognises, present participle recognising, simple past and past participle recognised)

  1. (transitive) To match something or someone which one currently perceives to a memory of some previous encounter with the same entity.
  2. (transitive) To acknowledge the existence or legality of something; treat as worthy of consideration or valid.
    The US and a number of EU countries are expected to recognise Kosovo on Monday.
  3. (transitive) To acknowledge or consider as something.
    • 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21: 
      Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic […].  Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. […]  But the scandals kept coming, and so we entered stage three – what therapists call "bargaining". A broad section of the political class now recognises the need for change but remains unable to see the necessity of a fundamental overhaul.
  4. (transitive) To realise or discover the nature of something; apprehend quality in; realise or admit that.
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, Lord Stranleigh Abroad[1]:
      “[…] That woman is stark mad, Lord Stranleigh. Her own father recognised it when he bereft her of all power in the great business he founded. […]”
  5. (transitive) To give an award.


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