One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object Of a feudal superior: to resume possession of (land).
2with object To acknowledge.
Late Middle English. From classical Latin recognōscere to examine, review, inspect, to give recognition to, acknowledge, to recall, recognize, in post-classical Latin also to acknowledge (a fault), to learn, be told, to get to know, understand, realize, to investigate by jury, to resume possession of from re- + cognōscere.
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