• verb: to say that you accept or do not deny the truth or existence of (something)
  • verb: to recognize the rights, authority, or status of
  • usually used as '(be) acknowledged'
  • synonyms: allow, avow, recognize


  • She 'is' widely/generally 'acknowledged' as one of the world's best chefs. [=many people regard her as one of the world's best chefs]

  • He refuses to 'acknowledge' the authority of the court. [=he denies that the court has authority]

  • The players 'acknowledged' their fans by waving their hands and blowing kisses into the crowd.

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) You see, I... I am crazy. I take the newer medications... ...but I still see things that are not here. I just choose not to acknowledge them. Like a diet of the mind, I choose not to indulge certain appetites. Like my appetite for patterns. Perhaps my appetite to imagine and to dream. (..)
    2001 A Beautiful Mind