Adjective "recognition" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Identification of someone or something or person from previous encounters or knowledge.
  1. 'It was actually a deer-crossing sign, but it was dented and chipped almost beyond recognition by rifle shots, where the locals had been practising firing off rounds from a moving pick-up truck.'
  2. 'In the past two seasons it has changed out of all recognition and the Six Nations has become so dynamic.'
  3. 'He doesn't show any sign of recognition either.'
  4. 'It was a portrait of a country that has changed beyond all recognition for tourists who were regular visitors in the ‘bad old days’ of mass unemployment and emigration.'
  5. 'What are his thoughts on modern Radio 1, changed beyond recognition from the station he launched in the Sixties?'
  6. 'Although its public and corporate relations have improved beyond recognition, the bank's executives have not always been the best at communicating the company's success to the City.'
  7. 'The coroner of the Isle of Wight credits enthusiasts with metal detecters for ‘expanding our knowledge and changing it out of all recognition.’'
  8. 'For the briefest moment he was confused, and then recognition dawned on him.'
  9. 'The range of audio aids available has improved out of all recognition in the last ten years or so, Betty says - but most people with hearing problems simply aren't aware of what is available.'
  10. 'Actually, the world has changed bewilderingly since 1972, and the business of sport has been hyped up out of all recognition from the days when writers tapped out missives such as these on typewriters.'
Acknowledgement of the existence, validity, or legality of something.
  1. 'To have proper legal recognition of our relationships doesn't take away the need for this hard work but it does help by giving a supportive structure within which to live.'
  2. 'European Community law requires the mutual recognition of qualifications, and this has been incorporated into English law.'
  3. 'No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of minorities.'
  4. 'The Indian people of Mexico are on the verge of gaining recognition of their existence and having their rights become a political fact in the constitutional and social reality of Mexico.'
  5. 'Gay men and lesbians face many obstacles in winning legal recognition of their relationships.'
  6. 'In 1970, I filed the first-ever suit against the state of California seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriages.'
  7. 'Its existence reflects the growing recognition that the causes of human rights abuses and humanitarian crises are global ones that require global solutions.'
  8. 'Thousands of people have signed a petition seeking official recognition from the government that the four were innocent.'
  9. 'she received the award in recognition of her human rights work'
  10. 'In recognition of his dutiful service, Ortega had been rewarded the post of Colombian governor.'
  11. 'In recognition of his dedicated service to the church, Rex was awarded a certificate during a celebration service at St John's Methodist Church, in Settle.'
  12. 'One of the region's top teachers was awarded a knighthood in recognition of his services to education.'
  13. 'Bromley's sporting talent is to be rewarded in the Excellence Awards in recognition of their achievements.'
  14. 'The awards are recognition of the achievement of exceptional standards in the production and handling of fresh produce.'
  15. 'An engineer from Hounslow who founded an award-winning medical company has received an honour from Brunel University in recognition of his outstanding service to the university and to enterprise.'
  16. 'He was given the special accolade by the Queen in recognition of his services to the Army.'
  17. 'Now, in recognition of his remarkable achievement, he has been awarded a special long-service award by the Cheshire Agricultural Society.'
  18. 'He received international recognition for his work and wrote for many scientific publications as well as the National Geographic.'
  19. 'But all too often their work has been done without proper reward or recognition.'
  20. 'Even when people are motivated by challenge and idealism, pay and recognition remain important.'
  21. 'She was acclaimed in the New Year's Honours List in recognition of her continued services to the tourism industry in York and Yorkshire.'
  22. 'China sees Taiwan as a renegade province which does not deserve diplomatic recognition from the international community.'
  23. 'Under the terms of the treaty, Jakarta allocated Canberra much of the seabed wealth in return for formal recognition of Indonesia's military takeover of East Timor in 1975.'
  24. 'Yet the Badinter commission refused to grant recognition to the Republic of Kosova.'
  25. 'Last Thursday, he sketched out his new vision of a peace deal that would grant recognition to an independent Palestinian state but left the issues of Jerusalem and refugees to a later date.'
  26. 'Chen's speech also made clear his administration will step up the efforts to win international diplomatic recognition for the Republic of China.'
  27. 'Speaking after several days of confusion, Vanuatu government spokesman Kalvau Moli said yesterday that formal recognition had been granted to Taipei.'
  28. 'Lee is perhaps the foremost symbol of Taiwan's aspirations to statehood and international recognition and his visit will be of huge importance.'
  29. 'So when claims for independence are made it will in the future be much harder for aspirant nationalisms to demand international recognition.'
  30. 'In 1992 the country became a sovereign state as a direct result of recognition by member states of the European Union and the United States.'

More definitions

1. an act of recognizing or the state of being recognized.

2. the identification of something as having been previously seen, heard, known, etc.

3. the perception of something as existing or true; realization.

4. the acknowledgment of something as valid or as entitled to consideration: the recognition of a claim.

5. the acknowledgment of achievement, service, merit, etc.

6. the expression of this in the form of some token of appreciation: This promotion constitutes our recognition

More examples(as adjective)

"systems can be recognition."


Late 15th century (denoting the acknowledgement of a service): from Latin recognitio(n-), from the verb recognoscere ‘know again, recall to mind’ (see recognize).


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