Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of recognizing or condition of being recognized.
  • n. An awareness that something perceived has been perceived before.
  • n. An acceptance as true or valid, as of a claim: a recognition of their civil rights.
  • n. Attention or favorable notice: She received recognition for her many achievements.
  • n. Official acceptance of the national status of a new government by another nation.
  • n. Biology The ability of one molecule to attach itself to another molecule having a complementary shape, as in enzyme-substrate and antibody-antigen interactions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act of recognizing or the condition of being recognized
  • n. an awareness that something observed has been observed before
  • n. acceptance as valid or true
  • n. official acceptance of the status of a new government by that of another country
  • n. honour, favourable note, or attention

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of recognizing, or the state of being recognized; acknowledgment; formal avowal; knowledge confessed or avowed; notice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of recognizing; a knowing again; consciousness that a given object is identical with an object previously cognized.
  • n. A formal avowal of knowledge and approval or sanction; acknowledgment: as, the recognition of one government by another as an independent sovereignty or as a belligerent.
  • n. Cognizance; notice taken; acceptance.
  • n. In Scots law, the recovery of lands by the proprietor when they fall to him by the fault of the vassal; or, generally, any return of the feu to the superior, by whatever ground of eviction.
  • n. A repeated cognition.
  • n. This time minus the time required for the simple reaction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged
  • n. an acceptance (as of a claim) as true and valid
  • n. (biology) the ability of one molecule to attach to another molecule that has a complementary shape
  • n. the explicit and formal acknowledgement of a government or of the national independence of a country
  • n. coming to understand something clearly and distinctly
  • n. approval
  • n. designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body
  • n. the process of recognizing something or someone by remembering

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English recognicion, knowledge of an event, from Old French recognition, from Latin recognitiō, recognitiōn-, act of recognizing, from recognitus, past participle of recognōscere, to recognize; see recognize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin recognitionem (accusative of recognitio), from stem recognit, past participle of recognoscere.

Examples

  • The Trump presidential campaign should go down in history as a huge warning sign for other rich, high-profile jerks who think they can notch their name recognition up to even more astronomic levels by pretending to be presidential timber and making outrageous, headline-grabbing allegations about whoever's running the country.

    Dan Collins: Donald Trump's Legacy: Would You Buy a Used Apartment From This Man?

  • “And our name recognition system is now far better than when I invented it, and is better than anything else out there, no matter what anyone says.”

    In the Plex

  • Pre 1930s, if you would have said Isreal would take their land back, defend their land, and gain recognition from the world, you would have been called crazy.

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  • Jess Shaffer Woods Brooklyn's Northside Festival may not enjoy the name recognition of Lollapalooza or the grassy expanses of Coachella, but it benefits from its home base in one of the world's most active melting pots for independent music.

    A Brief Guide to the Northside Festival

  • Now, the recent Columbia grad has the name recognition approaching that of her father.

    Yelena Shuster: A New Kind of Political Daughter

  • While his name recognition has been trailing behind other Republican hopefuls, a new poll of registered voters in Minnesota shows he does well against President Obama.

    Pawlenty's Polls

  • While his name recognition has been trailing behind other Republican hopefuls in key early primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, a new poll of registered voters in Minnesota from SurveyUSA shows he does well against President Obama.

    Pawlenty's Polls

  • Their polling finds his name recognition is weak outside his own district.

    The Fix: Gallup poll -- Obama's approval rating levels off

  • Last month her campaign manager, former state Senator Tom Scott , told the Naugatuck Republican Town Committee that Ms. McMahon won't need to spend nearly as much in this year's contest because she has the name recognition she spent millions to gain in 2010.

    Fund Raising Shows a Shift By McMahon

  • You remake past successes because that's where the name recognition lies.

    John Farr: The Dirtiest Word in Hollywood

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