to recognise something

Meaning(s)

1. be aware of, know about

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Professional

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recognise talent/potential/significance, get recognition

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To recognize something or someone means to be able to identify it or them from having seen them before or to be able to identify something or someone according to their features or character. "I recognised the mushroom as edible as we used to pick the same ones when I was a child." It also refers to the ability of a machine to identify or to respond without error to information. "The new machines will be able to identify fake passports with 99% precision." 'To recognize' can also mean 'to acknowledge'. "I recognise your right to speak in your defence." It can also mean to reward or show appreciation for someone or something. "This award recognises your incredible contribution to the field of pharmacology." If qualifications are 'recognised' they are accepted by a department or state body. You can also use it in political contexts to 'recognize' a state or country.

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  1. TV shows like X-Factor are designed to recognise talent in people and make them stars.
  2. Entrepreneurs achieve success by recognising the potential for making money.

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  1. Look, I recognise the significance of making this deal. I won't let you down.
  2. After years of dreaming about getting noticed for his hard work, he finally got the recognition he deserved.

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