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To Ackno'wledge. v.a. [a word formed, as it seems, between the Latin and English, from agnosco, and knowledge, which is deduced from the Saxon, cnaƿan, to know.]

  1. To own the knowledge of; to own any thing or person in a particular character.

    My people do already know my mind,
    And will acknowledge you and Jessica,
    In place of lord Bassanio and myself.
    Shakesp. Mer. of Ven.

    None that acknowledge God, or providence,
    Their souls eternity did ever doubt.
    Sir John Davies.

  2. To confess; as, a fault.

    For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me. Psalm li. 3.

  3. To own; as, a benefit; sometimes with the participle to before the person conferring the benefit.

                                            His spirit
    Taught them; but they his gifts acknowledg'd not.
    Par. Lost.

    In the first place, therefore, I thankfully acknowledge to the Almighty power the assistance he has given me in the beginning, and the prosecution of my present studies. Dryden's Æneis.

Sources: Davies, John (45) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (83) · Milton, John (449) · The Bible - Psalms (29)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Saxon (215) · Verb Active (289)

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