Rec"og*nize (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recognized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Recognizing (?).] [From Recognizance; see Cognition, and cf. Reconnoiter.] [Written also recognise.]


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. Harte.


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.


To acknowledge acquaintance with, as by salutation, bowing, or the like.


To show appreciation of; as, to recognize services by a testimonial.


To review; to reexamine.




To reconnoiter.


R. Monro.

Syn. -- To acknowledge; avow; confess; own; allow; concede. See Acknowledge.


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Rec"og*nize, v. i. Law

To enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal; as, A, B recognized in the sum of twenty dollars.

[Written also recognise.]

In legal usage in the United States the second syllable is often accented.


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