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 for recognise
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Recognize \Rec"og*nize\, v. i. (Law)
     To enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal;
     as, A B recognized in the sum of twenty dollars. [Written
     also recognise.]
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     Note: In legal usage in the United States the second syllable
           is often accented.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Recognize \Rec"og*nize\ (r[e^]k"[o^]g*n[imac]z), v. t. [imp. &
     p. p. Recognized (r[e^]k"[o^]g*n[imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n.
     Recognizing (r[e^]k"[o^]g*n[imac]`z[i^]ng).] [From
     Recognizance; see Cognition, and cf. Reconnoiter.]
     [Written also recognise.]
     1. To know again; to perceive the identity of, with a person
        or thing previously known; to recover or recall knowledge
        of.
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              Speak, vassal; recognize thy sovereign queen.
                                                    --Harte.
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     2. To avow knowledge of; to allow that one knows; to consent
        to admit, hold, or the like; to admit with a formal
        acknowledgment; as, to recognize an obligation; to
        recognize a consul.
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     3. To acknowledge acquaintance with, as by salutation,
        bowing, or the like.
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     4. To show appreciation of; as, to recognize services by a
        testimonial.
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     5. To review; to reexamine. [Obs.] --South.
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     6. To reconnoiter. [Obs.] --R. Monro.
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     Syn: To acknowledge; avow; confess; own; allow; concede. See
          Acknowledge.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  recognise
      v 1: show approval or appreciation of; "My work is not
           recognized by anybody!"; "The best student was recognized
           by the Dean" [syn: recognize, recognise]
      2: grant credentials to; "The Regents officially recognized the
         new educational institution"; "recognize an academic degree"
         [syn: accredit, recognize, recognise]
      3: detect with the senses; "The fleeing convicts were picked out
         of the darkness by the watchful prison guards"; "I can't make
         out the faces in this photograph" [syn: spot, recognize,
         recognise, distinguish, discern, pick out, make
         out, tell apart]
      4: express greetings upon meeting someone [syn: greet,
         recognize, recognise]
      5: express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for; "We must
         acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us" [syn:
         acknowledge, recognize, recognise]
      6: be fully aware or cognizant of [syn: recognize,
         recognise, realize, realise, agnize, agnise]
      7: perceive to be the same [syn: recognize, recognise]
      8: accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power
         and authority; "The Crown Prince was acknowledged as the true
         heir to the throne"; "We do not recognize your gods" [syn:
         acknowledge, recognize, recognise, know]

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