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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb recognise:


Recognise is sometimes a misspelling of recognize.

Definition of the verb recognise

What does recognise mean as a doing word?

Recognise is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: recognised | recognising | recognises

  1. show approval or appreciation of
  2. grant credentials to
  3. detect with the senses
  4. express greetings upon meeting someone
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • alternative spelling: recognize
    • synonym of recognise: greet
    • more generic terms: accost / address / come up to = speak to someone
    • more specific terms:
      • shake hands = take someone's hands and shake them as a gesture of greeting or congratulation
      • curtsy / bob = make a curtsy; usually done only by girls and women
      • salute = greet in a friendly way
      • present / salute = recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation
      • salute = honor with a military ceremony, as when honoring dead soldiers
      • herald / hail = greet enthusiastically or joyfully
      • receive / welcome = bid welcome to
      • say farewell = say good-bye or bid farewell
      • wish / bid = invoke upon
  5. express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for
  6. be fully aware or cognizant of
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • alternative spelling: recognize
    • synonyms of recognise: agnise / agnize / realise / realize
    • more generic words: cognise / cognize / know = be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information
    • more specific word: know = know the nature or character of
  7. perceive to be the same
  8. accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • alternative spelling: recognize
    • synonyms of recognise: acknowledge / know
    • more generic word: accept = consider or hold as true

Alternative definition of the verb recognise


  1. [transitive] To match something or someone which one currently perceives to a memory of some previous encounter with the same entity.
  2. [transitive] To acknowledge the existence or legality of something.; treat as worthy of consideration or valid.
  3. [transitive] To acknowledge or consider as something.
  4. [transitive] To realise or discover the nature of something; apprehend quality in; realise or admit that.
  5. [transitive] To give an award.


  1. "Recognise" is the debut studio album by British drum and bass production duo Fred V & Grafix. It was released on 31 March 2014 by Hospital Records. It entered the UK Albums Chart at number 106.
  2. "Recognise" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  3. "Recognise" is a musical album of JD and the FDCs.
    • released on
  4. "Recognise" is a musical single of Lily of the Valley.
    • released in (4 years ago)

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Recognise

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Google previewWind Power in Europe (2007)

Politics, Business and Society by J. Szarka

But the key point to recognise is that categories 3 and 4 represent a difference in order of magnitude whose entailments merit exploration. The consequences of upscaling for the wind sector Questions of scale impact heavily on investment and ...

Google previewFormations of Terror (2017)

by Simon Bell

The important point to recognise is that in the diagram the arrows are no longer lines of influence. Now they are like banners saying 'is caused by'.

Google previewThe Modern Gothic and Literary Doubles (2003)

Stevenson, Wilde and Wells by L. Dryden

The latter category must be as different as possible from the Beast People for clearly the thing Prendick least wants to recognise is any similarity between himself and the animal nature so apparent in the Beast People. (Haynes, in The Wellsian ...

Google previewThe Royal Commission and the Ornaments Rubric (1906)

by Malcolm MacColl

recognise is a reference to the second Act of Uniformity, that is, the Act of 5 and 6 Edward VI., Chapter 1. In the second section you will find these words. It refers to the Prayer Book and then it says, ' The book ' (that is the second Prayer Book ...

Google previewThe Book of Happiness (2006)

Brilliant Ideas to Transform Your Life by Heather Summers, Anne Watson

The first thing to recognise is that there is a difference between Skills and Capabilities. Many people think that because they have never done something then they are not able to do it. We challenge this. Capabilities are the things we are able ...

Google previewStanley's Story Volume Three

by Stanley Graham

The first thing to recognise is that if you are seeking funding from any source the most important thing to start with is a good cause. This sounds simplistic but it is at the root of the matter. Ellenroad was a worthy case, it had so much going for it, ...

Google previewEnglish Historical Pragmatics (2013)

by Andreas Jucker, Irma Taavitsainen

Perhaps the easiest to recognise is the instructive text base with action- demanding sentences like 'Stop!' and 'Don't move!'. The above scheme is very useful for qualitative studies, but it also helps to define search strings for corpus linguistic ...

Google previewHiggs Force (2012)

The Symmetry-breaking Force that Makes the World an Interesting Place by Nicholas Mee

Before plotting the graph, the first thing to recognise is that the expression for the energy contains two unknown terms that we are calling alpha ( and beta ( . Landau reasoned that must be positive, because otherwise there would be no ...

Google previewAn etymological dictionary (1821)

by William Grimshaw

See RECOGNISE. RECOGNISE. v. To know again. L. re, again, and cognosco, to know. RECOGNITION. adj. Act of recognising; renovation of knowledge. L. recognitio. — See RECOGNISE. RECOIL. v. To rush back; to retire rapidly from some ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Church of England (1887)

by Edward Lewes Cutts

and of Honoring, do not confer, but recognise and regulate, the existing privileges of the churches. Theodosius II. enlarged the limits of sanctuary beyond the body of the church to all within the limits of the ...

Google previewDictionaries. An International Encyclopedia of Lexicography (2014)

Supplementary Volume: Recent Developments with Focus on Electronic and Computational Lexicography by Rufus Gouws

Lexicons for speech recognition The purpose of a speech recogniser will to a large extent determine the nature and composition of the lexicon: if the system for instance, only has to recognise digits as well as “yes/no” inputs, then the lexicon ...

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Small photo of This ancient architecture actually called a castle at the period its build but also can be recognise as a core pagoga of Wat Phra Si Sanphet in the current period.Small photo of This ancient architecture actually called a castle at the period its build but also can be recognise as a core pagoga of Wat Phra Si Sanphet in the current period. More...

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Computer Vision project to recognise American Sign Language Numbers

Computer Vision Project to recognise ASL numbers from 1-10 as fed by a web cam. Coded in C++, used OpenCV and Machine Learning (SVM)

Quotes about Recognise

It's one of the world's
greatest secrets
that shoudn't be:

if you recognise
an artist's greatness -
in any art -
it's because you have
greatness in yourself

you'd never recognise it

OK? (Michael Shepherd)
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Scrabble value of R1E1C3O1G2N1I1S1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 12 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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