1. [ verb ] be fully aware or cognizant of
Synonyms: realize recognize agnise realise agnize
Related terms: know know find realization
2. [ verb ] discern
Synonyms: recognize acknowledge know

"His greed knew no limits"

Related terms: accept write_off attorn recognition
3. [ verb ] express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for
Synonyms: recognize acknowledge

"We must acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us"

Related terms: thank appreciate acknowledgment
4. [ verb ] express greetings upon meeting someone
Synonyms: greet recognize
Related terms: address welcome bid shake_hands notice salute hail say_farewell salute salute curtsy greeter
5. [ verb ] detect with the senses
Synonyms: recognize make_out discern distinguish pick_out tell_apart

"The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards" "I can't make out the faces in this photograph"

Related terms: resolve discriminate discernment perceive
6. [ verb ] (education) grant credentials to
Synonyms: recognize accredit

"The Regents officially recognized the new educational institution" "recognize an academic degree"

Related terms: license accreditation
7. [ verb ] show approval or appreciation of
Synonyms: recognize

"My work is not recognized by anybody!" "The best student was recognized by the Dean"

Related terms: prize honor rubricate
8. [ verb ] perceive to be the same
Synonyms: recognize
Related terms: remember identify know
Similar spelling:   recognised