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Recognize Definition and Meaning

By Tayyaba Rehman & Fiza Rafique — Updated on February 16, 2024
"Recognize" means to identify someone or something from having encountered them before or to acknowledge the existence, validity, or legality of something. e.g., She didn't recognize her friend with the new haircut.
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Recognize Definitions

Recognize can mean to remember and identify.
He recognized the melody from his childhood.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024
To know to be something that has been perceived before
Recognize a face.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
To know or identify from past experience or knowledge
Recognize hostility.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
To perceive or show acceptance of the validity or reality of
Recognizes the concerns of the tenants.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
To permit to address a meeting
The club's president recognized the new member.
Urooj Arif
Jan 29, 2024
To accept officially the national status of as a new government.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 29, 2024
To show awareness of; approve of or appreciate
Recognize services rendered.
Urooj Arif
Jan 29, 2024
To admit the acquaintance of, as by salutation
Recognize an old friend with a cheerful greeting.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 29, 2024
(Law) To enter into a recognizance.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
(Biology) To exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate, for example).
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
(transitive) To match (something or someone which one currently perceives) to a memory of some previous encounter with the same person or thing.
I recognised his face immediately, although his voice was different.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 29, 2024
(transitive) To acknowledge the existence or legality of; to treat as valid or worthy of consideration.
The US and a number of EU countries are expected to recognize Kosovo on Monday.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
To acknowledge or consider (as being a certain thing or having a certain quality or property).
Slavery is widely recognized as immoral.
I recognize that my behaviour has been unacceptable.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 29, 2024
(transitive) To realize or discover the nature of something; apprehend quality in.
Urooj Arif
Jan 29, 2024
(transitive) To show formal appreciation of, as with an award, commendation etc.
His services were recognized in a testimonial.
The soldier was recognized in dispatches.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
(obsolete) To review; to examine again.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 29, 2024
(obsolete) To reconnoiter.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 29, 2024
(immunology) To have the property to bind to specific antigens.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
To cognize again
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
To know again; to perceive the identity of, with a person or thing previously known; to recover or recall knowledge of.
Speak, vassal; recognize thy sovereign queen.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
To avow knowledge of; to allow that one knows; to consent to admit, hold, or the like; to admit with a formal acknowledgment; as, to recognize an obligation; to recognize a consul.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 29, 2024
To acknowledge acquaintance with, as by salutation, bowing, or the like.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
To show appreciation of; as, to recognize services by a testimonial.
Urooj Arif
Jan 29, 2024
To review; to reëxamine.
Urooj Arif
Jan 29, 2024
To reconnoiter.
Urooj Arif
Jan 29, 2024
To enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal; as, A B recognized in the sum of twenty dollars.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 29, 2024
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
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
Be fully aware or cognizant of
Urooj Arif
Jan 29, 2024
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
Fiza Rafique
Jan 29, 2024
Perceive to be the same
Fiza Rafique
Jan 29, 2024
Grant credentials to;
The Regents officially recognized the new educational institution
Recognize an academic degree
Fiza Rafique
Jan 29, 2024
Express greetings upon meeting someone
Urooj Arif
Jan 29, 2024
Express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for;
We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us
Urooj Arif
Jan 29, 2024
Exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate)
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 29, 2024
Show approval or appreciation of;
My work is not recognized by anybody!
The best student was recognized by the Dean
Urooj Arif
Jan 29, 2024
Recognize means to identify a person or thing previously seen.
He recognized his teacher in the crowd.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024
Recognize refers to acknowledging the truth or validity.
The court must recognize the new evidence.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024
Recognize can describe realizing the importance or quality of something.
They recognized her talent in singing.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024
Recognize pertains to officially accepting the status of something.
The country recognized the new government.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024
Recognize is used for showing appreciation or gratitude.
The award ceremony recognized the contributions of volunteers.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024
Recognize describes discerning or distinguishing something.
She could recognize the difference between the twins.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024
Recognize denotes giving acknowledgment or credit.
The organization recognized her efforts with an award.
Fiza Rafique
Jan 30, 2024
Recognize involves perceiving something as familiar.
The dog recognized its owner's voice.
Urooj Arif
Jan 30, 2024
Recognize can refer to accepting the authority or status of something.
The school recognized the new club.
Tayyaba Rehman
Jan 30, 2024

Recognize Idioms & Phrases

Recognize the effort

To acknowledge and appreciate the work someone has put in.
It's important to recognize the effort of your team members to keep them motivated.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Hard to recognize

Difficult to identify or acknowledge due to change or disguise.
After his long journey and trials, he was hard to recognize.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize a familiar face

To identify someone one has seen or known before.
In the crowded room, she was relieved to recognize a familiar face.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize one's own

To identify or acknowledge people or things that are part of one's group or category.
As a skilled artist, she can always recognize her own work.
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize the need

To acknowledge the necessity or requirement of something.
The government failed to recognize the need for urgent healthcare reform.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize one's limits

To be aware of and acknowledge one's own limitations or boundaries.
It's important for athletes to recognize their limits to avoid injury.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize a mistake

To admit or acknowledge an error or misjudgment.
The company's CEO publicly recognized a mistake in their strategy.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize the truth

To accept or acknowledge the reality or validity of something.
Eventually, he had to recognize the truth about the situation.
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize the signs

To notice and understand indicators or symptoms of something.
As an experienced teacher, he could recognize the signs of student burnout.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize an opportunity

To realize and acknowledge a chance for advancement or success.
She was quick to recognize an opportunity for career growth.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize a pattern

To identify a repeated or consistent sequence in data, behavior, or events.
Analysts are trained to recognize patterns in market movements.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Slow to recognize

Taking a long time or being reluctant to acknowledge something.
He was slow to recognize the potential risks involved in the venture.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize the challenges

To be aware of and acknowledge the difficulties faced in a situation.
The committee must recognize the challenges ahead in implementing the plan.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize one's role

To understand and accept one's position or function in a particular situation or system.
As a team leader, it's crucial to recognize one's role in guiding others.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Fail to recognize

To overlook or not acknowledge something that should be noticed.
He failed to recognize the early warning signs of the problem.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize authority

To acknowledge and respect someone's control or power.
The new recruits were taught to recognize authority.
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize a talent

To notice and acknowledge someone's skill or ability.
The music teacher was quick to recognize a talent in her young student.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize the importance

To realize and acknowledge the significance or value of something.
She began to recognize the importance of taking time off for mental health.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize a voice

To identify someone by their way of speaking.
Even after many years, he could still recognize her voice on the phone.
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize one's worth

To realize and appreciate one's own value or contribution.
After years of hard work, she began to recognize her worth in the organization.
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024

Recognize Example Sentences

The teacher recognized his potential in math.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024
The children quickly recognized the tune of their favorite song.
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024
She recognized the need for a break.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 02, 2024
I didn't recognize you with your new haircut.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024
The bird seemed to recognize its feeder.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024
They recognized the landmark as they approached the city.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 02, 2024
She recognized the error in the calculation.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024
He could recognize his mom's cooking by its smell.
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024
They recognized the importance of saving the environment.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024
The fans recognized the celebrity despite her disguise.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 02, 2024
The judges recognized her as the winner.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024
She was happy to recognize an old friend.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024
The artist was recognized for her innovative work.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024
He was recognized as the best player of the match.
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024
He recognized the pattern in the puzzle.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Common Curiosities

How many syllables are in recognize?

There are three syllables in "recognize."
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

How do we divide recognize into syllables?

Recognize is divided into syllables as rec-og-nize.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

How is recognize used in a sentence?

"She was able to recognize her friend from across the room."
Fiza Rafique
Feb 02, 2024

What is the root word of recognize?

The root word is the Latin "recognoscere."
Fiza Rafique
Feb 02, 2024

What is the third form of recognize?

The third form (past participle) is "recognized."
Fiza Rafique
Feb 02, 2024

What is the singular form of recognize?

As a verb, "recognize" remains the same in both singular and plural subjects.
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024

Why is it called recognize?

It is called "recognize" from the Latin "recognoscere," meaning "to know again, recall to mind," referring to the act of identifying someone or something previously seen or known.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

What is the verb form of recognize?

The verb form is "recognize."
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

What is the first form of recognize?

The first form (present tense) is "recognize."
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024

What is a stressed syllable in recognize?

The stressed syllable in "recognize" is "rec."
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024

What is the second form of recognize?

The second form (simple past tense) is "recognized."
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

What is the plural form of recognize?

As a verb, "recognize" does not change form for plural subjects.
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024

Is recognize an abstract noun?

"Recognize" is a verb and not a noun, so it cannot be an abstract noun.
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024

What is the pronunciation of recognize?

Recognize is pronounced as /ˈrɛk.əɡ.naɪz/.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

What part of speech is recognize?

"Recognize" is a verb.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 02, 2024

What is another term for recognize?

Another term for "recognize" is "identify."
Fiza Rafique
Feb 02, 2024

What is the opposite of recognize?

The opposite of "recognize" could be "disregard" or "ignore."
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Is recognize a negative or positive word?

"Recognize" is neutral; its connotation depends on the context in which it is used.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Is the word recognize imperative?

"Recognize" can be used in the imperative form to give a command or instruction, e.g., "Recognize the contributions of your team."
Fiza Rafique
Feb 02, 2024

Is the word recognize Gerund?

The gerund form of "recognize" is "recognizing," which functions as a noun.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 02, 2024

Is recognize a countable noun?

"Recognize" is not a noun; it's a verb and therefore not countable.
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024

Is recognize a collective noun?

No, "recognize" is not a noun and therefore cannot be a collective noun.
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024

Is the recognize term a metaphor?

"Recognize" can be used metaphorically in contexts where identification or acknowledgment is implied rather than literal.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 02, 2024

Is the word “recognize” a Direct object or an Indirect object?

"Recognize" is a verb and can have a direct object, e.g., "They recognize the achievement," but it is not used as a direct or indirect object itself.
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024

Which determiner is used with recognize?

Determiners are not typically used directly with verbs like "recognize."
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Which vowel is used before recognize?

Articles or vowels before verbs like "recognize" depend on the sentence structure, not the verb itself. For gerund or infinitive forms, "to recognize" or "recognizing," an article might precede.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Which preposition is used with recognize?

Prepositions like "as" or "by" can be used with "recognize," depending on the context, e.g., "recognize as important" or "recognized by their peers."
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Which conjunction is used with recognize?

Conjunctions like "and," "but," or "or" can be used with "recognize" in complex sentences.
Fiza Rafique
Feb 02, 2024

Is recognize a noun or adjective?

"Recognize" is a verb, not a noun or adjective.
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Is recognize an adverb?

No, "recognize" is not an adverb.
Urooj Arif
Feb 02, 2024

Is recognize a vowel or consonant?

The word "recognize" starts with the consonant "r."
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

Which article is used with recognize?

Articles are not typically used directly with verbs like "recognize." However, in the gerund form "recognizing," "the" can be used, e.g., "The recognizing of her efforts was overdue."
Tayyaba Rehman
Feb 02, 2024

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Tayyaba Rehman
Tayyaba Rehman is a distinguished writer, currently serving as a primary contributor to askdifference.com. As a researcher in semantics and etymology, Tayyaba's passion for the complexity of languages and their distinctions has found a perfect home on the platform. Tayyaba delves into the intricacies of language, distinguishing between commonly confused words and phrases, thereby providing clarity for readers worldwide.
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Fiza Rafique is a skilled content writer at AskDifference.com, where she meticulously refines and enhances written pieces. Drawing from her vast editorial expertise, Fiza ensures clarity, accuracy, and precision in every article. Passionate about language, she continually seeks to elevate the quality of content for readers worldwide.

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