One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the government acknowledged the need to begin talks’
admit, accept, grant, allow, concede, confess, own, appreciate, recognize, realize, be aware of, be conscious of
subscribe to, approve, approve of, agree to, accede to, concur with, acquiesce in, go along with, respect, cooperate with, bow to
informal take on board, be wise to
2‘he did not acknowledge Colin, but hurried on past’
greet, salute, address, hail, accost
nod to, wave to, signal to, raise one's hat to, say hello to, smile at
3‘few people acknowledged my letters’
answer, return, reply to, respond to, react to
write back to someone, come back to someone
4‘Douglas was glad to acknowledge her help’
express gratitude for, show appreciation for, give thanks for, thank someone for, pay tribute to someone for, salute someone for, toast someone for
honour, celebrate, praise, speak highly of
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