acknowledgment Definition

  • 1acceptance of the truth or existence of something
  • 2recognition of the importance or quality of something
  • 3a statement or action that expresses gratitude or appreciation

Using acknowledgment: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "acknowledgment" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company sent an acknowledgment of receipt for my job application.

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    The government's acknowledgment of the problem was a step in the right direction.

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    She gave him a nod of acknowledgment for his hard work.

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    I want to express my acknowledgment for your help with this project.

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    The book's preface includes an acknowledgment of the author's sources.

acknowledgment Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with acknowledgment

  • recognition or appreciation that is deserved but not given


    He felt that his contributions to the project were not given the acknowledgment due.

  • a written confirmation of receipt of something, often used in business or official contexts


    Please sign the acknowledgment slip to confirm that you have received the package.

  • a legal document signed by a man acknowledging that he is the biological father of a child


    He refused to sign the acknowledgment of paternity until a DNA test was done.

Origins of acknowledgment

from Old English 'oncnāwan', meaning 'recognize'


Summary: acknowledgment in Brief

'Acknowledgment' [əkˈnɒlɪdʒmənt] refers to accepting the truth or existence of something, recognizing its importance or quality, or expressing gratitude or appreciation. It can be expressed through statements or actions, as in 'She gave him a nod of acknowledgment for his hard work.' Phrases like 'acknowledgment due' and 'acknowledgment slip' denote recognition or confirmation of something, while 'acknowledgment of paternity' refers to a legal document acknowledging fatherhood.

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