December 18, 2014
- acknowledge (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to recognize the rights or authority of2 : to admit the truth or existence
- How do you use it?
- "She would not stoop to admit that she meant to rival Gilbert in schoolwork, because that would have been to acknowledge his existence which Anne persistently ignored..." (Lucy Maud Montgomery, _Anne of Green Gables_)
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think is a synonym of "acknowledge"?"Acknowledge," "confess," "admit," and "own" mean to reveal something you would rather keep private. "Acknowledge" suggests making something known that has been secret, as in "The company finally acknowledged that it had been polluting the lake." "Confess" suggests an admission of weakness, failure, or guilt, as in "He confessed involvement in the scam." "Admit" stresses accepting unwillingly that something is true or real, as in "Why don't you admit that you made a mistake?" "Own" suggests acknowledging something of a personal nature, as in "After everyone else denied any responsibility, he owned that he was at fault."