vt. 认出; 识别; 承认
vi. 承认，确认; [法律]具结，立保证书
If you recognize someone or something, you know who that person is or what that thing is.
The receptionist recognized him at once...
He did not think she could recognize his car in the snow...
If someone says that they recognize something, they acknowledge that it exists or that it is true.
I recognize my own shortcomings...
Well, of course I recognize that evil exists.
If people or organizations recognize something as valid, they officially accept it or approve of it.
Most doctors appear to recognize homeopathy as a legitimate form of medicine...
France is on the point of recognizing the independence of the Baltic States.
When people recognize the work that someone has done, they show their appreciation of it, often by giving that person an award of some kind.
The RAF recognized him as an outstandingly able engineer...
He had the insight to recognize their talents...
1. accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority;
2. be fully aware or cognizant of
3. detect with the senses;
4. perceive to be the same
5. grant credentials to;
6. express greetings upon meeting someone
7. express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for;
8. exhibit recognition for (an antigen or a substrate)
9. show approval or appreciation of;
acknowledge, admit, confess, recognize, concede
identify, recognize, make out
I could scarcely recognize him.
The people's Republic of China does not recognize dual nationality for any Chinese national.
The government does not recognize the legality of this court.
She had changed so much that I could hardly recognize her.
Line up these men and see if the witness can recognize the criminal.