[ rek-uhg-nish-uhn ]
/ ˌrɛk əgˈnɪʃ ən /


Origin of recognition

1425–75; late Middle English recognicion (< Old French) < Latin recognitiōn- (stem of recognitiō), equivalent to recognit(us) (past participle of recognōscere; see recognize) + -iōn- -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM recognition

rec·og·ni·tion·al, adjective re·cog·ni·tive [ri-kog-ni-tiv] /rɪˈkɒg nɪ tɪv/, re·cog·ni·to·ry [ri-kog-ni-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈkɒg nɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective pre·rec·og·ni·tion, noun un·re·cog·ni·to·ry, adjective

Example sentences from the Web for recognition

British Dictionary definitions for recognition

/ (ˌrɛkəɡˈnɪʃən) /


the act of recognizing or fact of being recognized
acceptance or acknowledgment of a claim, duty, fact, truth, etc
a token of thanks or acknowledgment
formal acknowledgment of a government or of the independence of a country
mainly US and Canadian an instance of a chairman granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body, debate, etc

Derived forms of recognition

recognitive (rɪˈkɒɡnɪtɪv) or recognitory, adjective

Word Origin for recognition

C15: from Latin recognitiō, from recognoscere to know again, from re- + cognoscere to know, ascertain

Medical definitions for recognition

[ rĕk′əg-nĭshən ]


An awareness that something perceived has been perceived before.
The ability of one molecule to attach itself to another molecule having a complementary shape, as in enzyme-substrate interactions.

Cultural definitions for recognition


In diplomacy, the act by which one nation acknowledges that a foreign government is a legitimate government and exchanges diplomats with it. The withholding of recognition is a way for one government to show its disapproval of another.