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rec·og·nize

recognize

 
 
pronunciation:
re kg naIz
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part of speech: verb
inflections: recognizes, recognizing, recognized
definition 1: to identify (someone or something) from previous experience or contact with that person or thing.
She recognized him as her former neighbor.I couldn't recognize Andrew in his Halloween costume.
synonyms:
place
antonyms:
mistake
similar words:
distinguish, identify, know, recall, recollect, remember, spot
definition 2: to be able to distinguish what something is based on knowledge of the features or characteristics of that thing.
I recognize real gold when I see it.They recognized the hero from his picture in the newspaper.
synonyms:
know
similar words:
distinguish, recall, recollect, remember
definition 3: to admit, understand, or accept as true.
He recognized his mistake and worked to correct it.
synonyms:
acknowledge
antonyms:
ignore
similar words:
appreciate, credit, identify with, realize, respect, see, understand
derivations: recognizable (adj.), recognizably (adv.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word recognize contains the following parts:
cogn, cognit, gnor Latin root that means know, knowledge
synonyms:
gnos, gnosis, gnom, -gnomy
 
-ize, -ise Greek verb-forming suffix that means to turn into or cause to be
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The suffix -ize , -ise forms transitive verbs from adjectives (civilize ) and nouns (crystallize ). The oldest English verbs ending in -ize were loanwords from Greek (baptize , catechize).