b. To recognize as being valid or having force or power.
a. To express recognition of: acknowledge a friends smile.
b. To express thanks or gratitude for.
3. To report the receipt of: acknowledge a letter.
4. Law To accept or certify as legally binding: acknowledge a deed.
[Probably blend of Middle English knowlechen, to acknowledge (from knouen, to know; see know) and Middle English aknouen, to recognize (from Old English oncnwan, to know : on-, on; see on + cnwan, to know; see know).]
Synonyms: acknowledge, admit, own, avow, confess, concede These verbs mean to admit the reality or truth of something, often reluctantly. To acknowledge is to accept responsibility for something one makes known: He acknowledged his mistake. Admit implies reluctance in acknowledging ones acts or another point of view: She was attracted by the frankness of a suitor who . . . admitted that he did not believe in marriage (Edith Wharton). Own stresses personal acceptance and responsibility: She owned that she feared for the childs safety. Avow means to assert openly and boldly: Old Mrs. Webb avowed that he, in the space of two hours, had worn out her pew more . . . than she had by sitting in it forty years (Kate Douglas Wiggin). Confess usually emphasizes disclosure of something damaging or inconvenient to oneself: I have to confess that I lied to you. To concede is to intellectually accept something, often against ones will: The lawyer refused to concede that the two cases had similarities.
acknowledge /knld/ v. [T] -ledged, -ledging, -ledges1 to respond: I acknowledged his offer by sending him a letter saying I had received it.2 to admit: He acknowledges the fact that he is wrong.