1. [ noun ] the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged
Synonyms: acknowledgement acknowledgment

"the partners were delighted with the recognition of their work" "she seems to avoid much in the way of recognition or acknowledgement of feminist work prior to her own"

Related terms: acceptance admit unacknowledged acknowledged
2. [ noun ] the process of recognizing something or someone by remembering
Synonyms: identification
Related terms: memory identity speaker_identification identify
3. [ noun ] (psychology) coming to understand something clearly and distinctly
Synonyms: realization realisation

"a growing realization of the risk involved" "a sudden recognition of the problem he faced" "increasing recognition that diabetes frequently coexists with other chronic diseases"

Related terms: understanding understand recognize
4. [ noun ] approval
Synonyms: credit

"give her recognition for trying" "he was given credit for his work" "it is to her credit that she tried" "the credits were given at the end of the film"

Related terms: approval memorial ovation salute credit
5. [ noun ] (biology) the ability of one molecule to attach to another molecule that has a complementary shape

"molecular recognition drives all of biology, for instance, hormone and receptor or antibody-antigen interactions or the organization of molecules into la

Related terms: organic_phenomenon biology
6. [ noun ] the explicit and formal acknowledgement of a government or of the national independence of a country

"territorial disputes were resolved in Guatemala's recognition of Belize in 1991"

Related terms: diplomacy
7. [ noun ] an acceptance (as of a claim) as true and valid

"the recognition of the Rio Grande as a boundary between Mexico and the United States"

Related terms: credence
8. [ noun ] designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body

"he was unable to make his motion because he couldn't get recognition by the chairman"

Related terms: appointment
9. [ noun ] the act of preferring
Synonyms: preferment

"the preferment went to the younger candidate"

Related terms: promotion prefer
Similar spelling:   resignation