Adjective "recognizing" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Identify (someone or something) from having encountered them before; know again.
  1. 'Julia hardly recognized Jill when they met'
  2. 'Celeste hardly recognized the voice as her own.'
  3. 'At first glance one would hardly recognize the place from the pictures the world saw on television in 1989.'
  4. 'I hardly recognized my little cousin when the two of them came back from Springfield.'
  5. 'They both were dressed like fashion models and wore so much makeup you hardly recognized them.'
  6. 'He listened to himself say the first word that he'd spoken in weeks, and realised that he hardly recognised his own voice.'
  7. 'It's New Year's Day and I'm in a town I know well from many, many visits in the past but today I hardly recognise it.'
  8. 'I went out in Winchester briefly last night, and hardly recognised a soul.'
  9. 'When Arian opened the door to let his dog into the room he hardly recognized the poor creature for the way its fur puffed out.'
  10. 'You'll hardly recognise the new-look magazine next week, such is the transformation in store.'
  11. 'They still visit regularly, providing the inspiration for Kerr's next book, but on a recent trip to the farm they worked so hard to sustain they were shocked to find they hardly recognised it.'
  12. 'The condition can be recognized by the appearance of a red line along the edge of the ‘paddlers’ at the rear of the crab.'
  13. 'Despite color blindness that would prevent him from recognizing the distinctive green for ‘go,’ he was accepted as a paratrooper.'
  14. 'After they have definitely formed they can be recognized by their thick stubby appearance.'
  15. 'A shocked woman, who recognised him from the media coverage of his case, described how she saw him at a garage in Queensway about a fortnight ago.'
  16. 'A company must ensure that customers can immediately recognize its distinctive products in the market-place.'
  17. 'Once power is applied and the USB cable connected, the computer should immediately recognize the drive and make it ready for use.'
  18. 'If everything works correctly, both Ethernet cards will be recognized, and they will both be configured.'
  19. 'Today's computers can recognize faces, human speech and handwriting.'
  20. 'We will develop computer software to automatically recognize the genre of documents by exploiting observed regularities of substance and form.'
  21. 'My computer did not recognize the camera as a drive.'
  22. 'The computer system recognises and checks car number plates - particularly at the shopping centre.'
  23. 'Even if a search engine recognizes the link, they won't give it much weight.'
  24. 'There are several different machines that recognize audio, whether it is speech or music.'
  25. 'Your computer may recognise these slots as external storage devices - files from a memory card can be loaded or copied just as you would from a hard drive.'
  26. 'Plug that into the now-ubiquitous USB port on a PC or Mac and the computer will recognize it automatically.'
Acknowledge the existence, validity, or legality of.
  1. 'he was recognized as an international authority'
  2. 'The curriculum was geared to nonsense subjects while PE and sport were hardly recognised.'
  3. 'As with Jeff's fight, epic flights like these should be recognized and remembered for years to come.'
  4. 'The fact that as many, if not more, offenders spring from privileged backgrounds is hardly recognized.'
  5. 'Child abuse was only formally recognised by doctors 40 years ago and has remained a field clouded by controversy ever since.'
  6. 'Networking with experts in other disciplines and collaborating with statisticians should be recognized as an important way to conduct research and disseminate findings.'
  7. 'Excessive body fat, especially in areas such as the abdomen, is increasingly recognized as an important risk factor for killers like heart disease and diabetes.'
  8. 'The importance of Nature and knowledge of the world around us has not been recognised by our schools.'
  9. 'Yet one has to recognize at the outset that there are methodological problems with this.'
  10. 'Polly is recognized by her peers for her extensive knowledge and competency in the areas of hematology and oncology.'
  11. 'his work was recognized by an honorary degree from Glasgow University'
  12. 'Carers in Portlaoise are being formally recognised for the first time with City & Guild certificates.'
  13. 'I'd like my intelligence and my ability to contribute to this country to be recognised formally with a nice stamp on my passport.'
  14. 'The bravery of seven Solomon Islands men who rescued three Australian soldiers on August 30 has been formally recognised.'
  15. 'The Army must also reward or recognize those who serve in positions that cultivate the broad perspectives that are necessary to acquire strategic leadership skills.'
  16. 'Thirty-five years after fighting in Vietnam, a vet has been formally recognised for his service by the Army.'
  17. 'But she admitted that the intermediate qualifications were not being recognised by employers.'
  18. 'An academic degree from the United Kingdom is generally recognised and respected the world over.'
  19. 'Many of the migrants were lawyers, judges and engineers but only the doctors had their qualifications recognised.'
  20. 'Provision is made for extensive training which could lead to recognised qualifications, and there is no conflict of interest there.'
  21. 'Expats do not want to bring their kids home, because they are afraid that they will end up with qualifications that are not recognised around the world.'
  22. 'Only if they pass these stages will they sit a final exam and gain the St Andrews Standard, a qualification that will be recognised around the world.'
  23. 'they were refusing to recognize the puppet regime'
  24. 'The United States rejected this proposal, refusing to recognize any Communist country.'
  25. 'Unlike other members of the Commonwealth, Australia joined the US in refusing to recognise Communist China.'
  26. 'Up until 1929, the Vatican refused to recognise the Italian government.'
  27. 'The US and Japan have refused to recognize Taiwan as an independent state for over two decades.'
  28. 'France, the United States and other European powers refused to recognize Haiti for decades and when recognition was forthcoming, it was at a very heavy price.'
  29. 'He called on other opposition political leaders to fully recognise the new Government and work with it to develop Zambia.'
  30. 'Only 27 countries, mainly in Latin America, Africa and the South Pacific, diplomatically recognize Taiwan.'
  31. 'Jamaica has refused to recognize Haiti's new government, pending a meeting of Caricom slated for March 25-26.'
  32. 'Only 26 countries, most of them in Central America, Africa and the South Pacific, recognize the Republic of China, the official name used by Taipei.'
  33. 'Imagine what could happen if countries keep pulling out of the coalition, if France and Germany refuse to recognize an occupied Iraq as a sovereign nation.'
  34. 'As the presiding officer, he recognises those members who wish to speak.'

More definitions

1. to identify as something or someone previously seen, known, etc.: He had changed so much that one could scarcely recognize him.

2. to identify from knowledge of appearance or characteristics: I recognized him from the description. They recognized him as a fraud.

3. to perceive as existing or true; realize: to be the first to recognize a fact.

4. to acknowledge as the person entitled to speak at a particular time: The Speaker recog

More examples(as adjective)

"traditions can be recognizing."

"stages can be recognizing."

"services can be recognizing."

"rights can be recognizing."

"possibilities can be recognizing."

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(recognize)Late Middle English (earliest attested as a term in Scots law): from Old French reconniss-, stem of reconnaistre, from Latin recognoscere ‘know again, recall to mind’, from re- ‘again’ + cognoscere ‘learn’.