acknowledge
transitive verb (-edged; -edging) Etymology: ac- (as in accord) + knowledge Date: 15th century 1. to recognize the rights, authority, or status of 2. to disclose knowledge of or agreement with 3. a. to express gratitude or obligation for <
acknowledge a gift
>
b. to take notice of <
failed to acknowledge my greeting
>
c. to make known the receipt of <
acknowledge a letter
>
4. to recognize as genuine or valid <
acknowledge a debt
>
Synonyms: acknowledge, admit, own, avow, confess mean to disclose against one's will or inclination. acknowledge implies the disclosing of something that has been or might be concealed <
acknowledged an earlier peccadillo
>
. admit implies reluctance to disclose, grant, or concede and refers usually to facts rather than their implications <
admitted the project was over budget
>
. own implies acknowledging something in close relation to oneself <
must own I know little about computers
>
. avow implies boldly declaring, often in the face of hostility, what one might be expected to be silent about <
avowed that he was a revolutionary
>
. confess may apply to an admission of a weakness, failure, omission, or guilt <
confessed a weakness for sweets
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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