Definition of acknowledgement in English:


(US acknowledgment)


  • 1Acceptance of the truth or existence of something.

    ‘there was no acknowledgement of the family's trauma’
    • ‘One unifying element that ran through all of Kim's teaching was the acknowledgment of the importance of spirit.’
    • ‘On that occasion, by his own acknowledgement, he allowed the situation to get to him and he was beaten.’
    • ‘This is not only because of our acknowledgement of, and respect for, the growing population of many practising Buddhists who have made their home in Australia.’
    • ‘Apologies should be taken automatically as acknowledgement of personal complicity in the crime or dereliction.’
    • ‘This acknowledgment of physical existence is crucial.’
    • ‘However, we welcome the report's acknowledgement that a clearer definition of our role is needed.’
    • ‘The regulatory status of borderline technologies is uncertain, and acknowledgement of this is highly important for the control of regenerative medicine.’
    • ‘To talk in an adult way about safe sex, for example, meant frank acknowledgement of the existence of homosexuality and prostitution.’
    • ‘The process of conflict resolution requires the equal acknowledgement of the grief and loss of others.’
    • ‘With this patient, it is likely that profound family conflict is impeding the acknowledgment and acceptance of approaching death.’
    • ‘It involves our acknowledgment that the existence of such phenomena entails certain responsibilities for those who remain unaffected by them.’
    • ‘Henceforth, during the whole rest of the nineteenth century, the acknowledgment of the truth contained in Say's Law was the distinctive mark of an economist.’
    • ‘The agreement involved acknowledgment of no more than the bare minimum of the elements.’
    • ‘His decision to accept the premiership was viewed by his detractors as acknowledgement that a national cabinet post was not in the offing for him.’
    • ‘If similar restrictions on service provision continue, this could constitute implicit acknowledgement of an ‘acceptable level’ of missed malignancy.’
    • ‘There is an undercurrent of fear in our society that we may disappear without media acknowledgement of our existence.’
    • ‘That Bradford children are being given a boost on this scale is welcome acknowledgement by the Government of the problems which exist here.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, none of the said political masters appear to have offered to resign in acknowledgement of their share of responsibility for the creation of the fiasco.’
    • ‘For people like Mr Hill the need to have an apology and an official expression of regret and acknowledgement that they have been wronged was of the greatest psychological importance.’
    • ‘Until the Whitlam years, there was little acknowledgment that not all families have two parents.’
    acceptance, admission, granting, allowing, concession, confession, appreciation, recognition, realization, awareness, cognizance, knowledge
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  • 2Recognition of the importance or quality of something.

    • ‘In the past 10 years there has been increased acknowledgement of the importance of doctors' communication with patients concerning the diagnosis of cancer.’
    • ‘Before then there was no acknowledgement in government of the need to address the low research capacity of primary care.’
    • ‘Fellow members nod and wink to one another in recognition and in tacit acknowledgement of shared belonging.’
    • ‘Tobin described last week's meeting as ‘very productive’, and welcomed the government's acknowledgement of staff concerns.’
    • ‘Sensual and macabre, the drawings celebrate the luminous and tactile quality of fur while provoking acknowledgement of the animal absence in these forms.’
    • ‘In acknowledgement of Fr Hughes's ordination the parish made him a presentation of a two-year-old car.’
    • ‘Such recognition is an acknowledgment that we commit to diversity the same way we commit to all of our important corporate initiatives.’
    • ‘There's one thing missing from his editorial: any mention, recognition, recollection, acknowledgment, or reference to a little thing that happened once upon a time.’
    • ‘The guards saluted their acknowledgement to his demands, as Dunixi climbed his way back up to stand beside Yeva.’
    • ‘The missing link in Kay's polemical acknowledgment of the importance of geography in globalization, however, is what constitutes this importance.’
    • ‘Both organisations welcomed Mbeki's acknowledgement of their continuing role in the tripartite alliance.’
    • ‘Affirmations, acknowledgment, and recognition are important, but it is the questions and challenges that arise from the differences that are vital.’
    • ‘He argued persuasively for acknowledgement of the importance of studying regional folklore in its social context.’
    • ‘From the look on her face, Jesse suspected that she would have kept walking right past them without any signal of recognition or acknowledgment if Scott hadn't called her name.’
    • ‘I feel that what would be most effective here, would be to give you a sense of who you truly are; to empower your realization and acknowledgment of the importance of the work you are doing.’
    • ‘It was nothing more than a kind gesture, but at that moment Mr. Gore's act represented all that I yearned for - acceptance and acknowledgment.’
    • ‘An elementary corollary of that premise was the acknowledgement of the importance of trade as a vehicle of growth.’
    • ‘There is no trace of an acknowledgement or recognition of those bodies as displayed solely for the gaze of the spectator.’
    • ‘We are happy about this international acknowledgment of the quality of our services and are proud to be able to help patients from Europe.’
    • ‘This is a strong acknowledgement of the importance of performed or perceived gender as opposed to the physical manifestation.’
    1. 2.1The expression of gratitude or appreciation for something.
      ‘he received an award in acknowledgement of his work’
      • ‘The workers were guests of the firm who organised a visit to the illuminations in acknowledgment of their hard work during the year and to mark the coronation.’
      • ‘Because they tend to be compassionate and sensitive, they respond best to personal recognition and acknowledgement.’
      • ‘It was unanimously decided to give a gratuity to the Captain in acknowledgement of his services.’
      • ‘Recognition, acknowledgment, praise, and rewards are ever so important and are a demonstration of the fact that you care.’
      • ‘Did they notice my sterling work record and give me the appreciation and acknowledgement I deserve?’
      • ‘Even as pathetic as she looked now, he gave her a look of gratitude and acknowledgment, she probably did not see it, her eyes were half closed by now.’
      • ‘As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our sincere appreciation.’
      • ‘Wallin, who has already received four honorary degrees and several awards and honours in acknowledgment of her work, will address graduates in applied health sciences and arts.’
      • ‘Thanksgiving and an acknowledgement of debt and gratitude are the first duties which a beneficiary owes to the benefactor.’
      • ‘Smiling his smile of acknowledgment and gratitude, he draped his long overcoat over her shoulders as he set about making the morning meal.’
      • ‘Now, not only are you doing most of the work, you are not entitled to any acknowledgement, never mind gratitude, for doing it at all.’
      • ‘Everyone likes a bit of recognition or acknowledgement, and a bit of self-esteem was never a bad thing.’
      • ‘Tired once more, I sighed and jangled the car keys and nodded to Michael with a mix of acknowledgment and gratitude for taking over.’
      • ‘I nodded in acknowledgement of his efforts and jogged around the roof, looking for the hatch, and finding it.’
      • ‘There were no thanks, no acknowledgments, just a pointed few words on how the collapse of marriage could bring ruination to society.’
      • ‘The company's Queen's Award was approved by Her Majesty in April last year in acknowledgement of export excellence.’
      • ‘What he craves is recognition and acknowledgement.’
      • ‘And of course what we're really after is recognition, admiration, acknowledgement from the rest of the world, status, in other words.’
      • ‘Instead of trophies going to the winning teams, all dance groups were presented with framed certificates in acknowledgment of, and in thanks for, their participation.’
      • ‘As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually we hope that all concerned will accept this acknowledgement.’
      thanks, gratitude, appreciation, praise, commendation, credit, recognition, regard, respect
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    2. 2.2The action of showing that one has noticed someone or something.
      ‘he touched his hat in acknowledgement’
      • ‘He doesn't say a word, merely nodding in acknowledgement of Stephen's greeting.’
      • ‘With no expression of acknowledgment the porter closed the wicket.’
      • ‘I nodded in acknowledgement then asked, ‘Are you two the only ones here?’’
      • ‘Ryan nodded in acknowledgement, and then proceeded to talk to Kiley about their past Physics class, leaving me to pursue my own train of thoughts.’
      • ‘She nods in acknowledgement of his words, though knowing he wishes differently.’
      • ‘I looked over at my friend Conner, who nodded his head in acknowledgment of my existence, but didn't say much.’
      • ‘He never entered a carriage but stood on the outside platform, and though he wouldn't wave back, he always bowed in acknowledgement.’
      • ‘Not a single flicker of acknowledgement may be granted them when we pass them on the street.’
      • ‘He was smiling in acknowledgement as their eyes met.’
      • ‘We both nodded in acknowledgement and then I took a seat.’
      • ‘He tipped his head in acknowledgement when he saw us.’
      • ‘I don't think I said anything in response, but I nodded my head, I think, in acknowledgement.’
      • ‘The driver nodded in acknowledgement and a further 20 seconds of silence passed before he spoke again.’
      • ‘Cadeyrn inclined his head in acknowledgement.’
      • ‘A few fans called to them, but they gave no acknowledgement of these greetings.’
      • ‘He nodded in acknowledgement of her apology but said nothing.’
      • ‘No acknowledgment of my greeting came from Carrie, although her mother waved back.’
      • ‘She nods in acknowledgement without turning to face him.’
      • ‘He nodded, instead, in acknowledgement of the comment.’
      • ‘Even a passive observer would nod in acknowledgement.’
      greeting, welcome, salutation, saluting, hailing, address, hello, hallo
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    3. 2.3[count noun]A letter confirming receipt of something.
      ‘I received an acknowledgement of my application’
      • ‘The coroner has written in acknowledgement, and will report in more detail at a later date.’
      • ‘It happens that it was published on the day I received an acknowledgement of my letter of complaint to the hospital regarding my own case.’
      • ‘To date he has not even received an acknowledgement of his letter.’
      • ‘Those who do complain through the facility also get an automatically generated acknowledgement of the complaint and are also given feedback about the action taken.’
      • ‘The Premier's Office responded with a curt acknowledgment of receipt of the letter.’
      • ‘To date, all correspondence with the Government to request funding has proved fruitless, with some letters not even receiving an acknowledgement or reply.’
      • ‘When in doubt, ask for a written acknowledgment of receipt and/or acceptability.’
      • ‘One supermarket ended up not providing any sponsorship and failed to write an acknowledgement to several letters when it decided to withdraw any funding offer.’
      • ‘But yet her letters never contained any acknowledgement of my letters, and she never addressed anything to me.’
      • ‘This was an acknowledgement of his letter and a note that a further response would be issued at the earliest opportunity.’
      • ‘I applied for the new tax credits weeks ago and haven't even got an acknowledgement of the receipt of the completed form.’
      • ‘Needless to say, their answers have been little more than an acknowledgement of receipt.’
      • ‘The appellant never received an acknowledgement of his application.’
      • ‘Having received neither an acknowledgement nor a reply, I conclude that no report exists which can stand public scrutiny.’
      • ‘He didn't even receive an acknowledgement of his application.’
      • ‘She said Commissioner Noel Conroy responded with an acknowledgement that he received her file, but there was no further comment.’
      • ‘Apart from a formal acknowledgement of receipt of the letters, government sources remained silent.’
      • ‘Her parents say they have still not received an acknowledgement or a reply.’
      • ‘I received an immediate acknowledgement and a full reply 24 hours later.’
      • ‘I wrote to my councillor a year ago, received an acknowledgement and the promise of reply.’
      answer, reply, response, reaction
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  • 3A statement printed at the beginning of a book expressing the author's or publisher's gratitude to others.

    ‘the reproduction on page 50 wasn't mentioned in the acknowledgements’
    • ‘He has been given unfettered access to Murdoch's papers, and his list of acknowledgements is impressive.’
    • ‘For a variety of reasons it has become my custom to mention my former colleague in the acknowledgements for my books.’
    • ‘I'll be glad to credit you in the acknowledgments as having thought it up, and send you an autographed copy saying the same…’
    • ‘The volume is divided into nine sections, including an introduction, followed by suggested readings and acknowledgments.’
    • ‘As the acknowledgements state, the book was commissioned by the US Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence and is intended for use by members of the intelligence community to predict the outcome of ethnic conflicts.’
    • ‘You write in the book's acknowledgements that ‘a brief sighting’ of Jules Beckman ‘triggered the whole idea’ for the novel.’
    • ‘Neither are there any acknowledgments, footnotes or a bibliography - no indication at all of the sources used.’
    • ‘Besides an expanding list of acknowledgements, however, the first 220 pages of this edition are just as we found them in 1997.’
    • ‘Look in the acknowledgments of novels written by your heroes.’
    • ‘The book has a total of 448 pages including notes, bibliography, acknowledgements, photo credits, and the index.’
    • ‘After all this, it is hardly surprising to learn from the acknowledgments that he has been talking to Paul Auster, whose recent Oracle Night treats with some of the same topics.’
    • ‘But I would like to know if these acknowledgements were ever published in a real book.’
    • ‘Lloyd finished writing this polemic last October, according to the acknowledgments, and he does briefly concede that the world has moved on from his initial premise.’
    • ‘Academic writing generally makes use of such scholarly apparatus as introductions, provisos, disclaimers, acknowledgements, notes and references, bibliographies, and indexes.’
    • ‘Many people contributed information in several research areas, as noted in the acknowledgements.’
    • ‘In the acknowledgements, Das expresses appreciation for his mentor's perspective.’
    • ‘I didn't have a graduate seminar or a team of colleagues working on phases of the project, but as my five pages of acknowledgements may suggest, I got a lot of help from friends as well as strangers.’
    • ‘The acknowledgements refer to the author's debt to Cordwainer Smith.’
    • ‘The book's acknowledgements and introduction do not get it off to a good start.’
    • ‘Irritatingly, the author offers no notes and only in his acknowledgements does he point out which survivors he interviewed and what books he drew his narrative from.’