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

  acknowledge \ac*knowl"edge\ ([a^]k*n[o^]l"[e^]j), v. t. [imp. &
     p. p. acknowledged ([a^]k*n[o^]l"[e^]jd); p. pr. & vb. n.
     acknowledging ([a^]k*n[o^]l"[e^]j*[i^]ng).] [Prob. fr.
     pref. a- + the verb knowledge. See Knowledge, and cf.
     1. To own or admit the knowledge of; to recognize as a fact
        or truth; to declare one's belief in; as, to acknowledge
        the being of a God.
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              I acknowledge my transgressions.      --Ps. li. 3.
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              For ends generally acknowledged to be good.
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     2. To own or recognize in a particular character or
        relationship; to admit the claims or authority of; to give
        recognition to.
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              In all thy ways acknowledge Him.      --Prov. iii.
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              By my soul, I'll ne'er acknowledge thee. --Shak.
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     3. To own with gratitude or as a benefit or an obligation;
        as, to acknowledge a favor, the receipt of a letter.
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              They his gifts acknowledged none.     --Milton.
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     4. To own as genuine; to assent to, as a legal instrument, to
        give it validity; to avow or admit in legal form; as, to
        acknowledge a deed.
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     Syn: To avow; proclaim; recognize; own; admit; allow;
          concede; confess.
     Usage: Acknowledge, Recognize. Acknowledge is opposed to
            keep back, or conceal, and supposes that something had
            been previously known to us (though perhaps not to
            others) which we now feel bound to lay open or make
            public. Thus, a man acknowledges a secret marriage;
            one who has done wrong acknowledges his fault; and
            author acknowledges his obligation to those who have
            aided him; we acknowledge our ignorance. Recognize
            supposes that we have either forgotten or not had the
            evidence of a thing distinctly before our minds, but
            that now we know it (as it were) anew, or receive and
            admit in on the ground of the evidence it brings.
            Thus, we recognize a friend after a long absence. We
            recognize facts, principles, truths, etc., when their
            evidence is brought up fresh to the mind; as, bad men
            usually recognize the providence of God in seasons of
            danger. A foreign minister, consul, or agent, of any
            kind, is recognized on the ground of his producing
            satisfactory credentials. See also Confess.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or
           truth of; "He admitted his errors"; "She acknowledged that
           she might have forgotten" [syn: admit, acknowledge]
           [ant: deny]
      2: report the receipt of; "The program committee acknowledged
         the submission of the authors of the paper" [syn:
         acknowledge, receipt]
      3: express recognition of the presence or existence of, or
         acquaintance with; "He never acknowledges his colleagues when
         they run into him in the hallway"; "She acknowledged his
         complement with a smile"; "it is important to acknowledge the
         work of others in one's own writing" [syn: notice,
      4: express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for; "We must
         acknowledge the kindness she showed towards us" [syn:
         acknowledge, recognize, recognise]
      5: accept as legally binding and valid; "acknowledge the deed"
      6: 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]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  137 Moby Thesaurus words for "acknowledge":
     accept, account for, accredit with, accrete to, admit,
     admit everything, affirm, agree, agree provisionally, allege,
     allow, announce, answer, answer back, apply to, ascribe to,
     assent grudgingly, asseverate, assign to, attach to, attest,
     attribute to, aver, avouch, avow, bear the expense, bear witness,
     blame, blame for, blame on, bless, bring home to, certify,
     charge on, charge to, chip in, come back, come back at, come clean,
     concede, confess, connect with, consider, cop a plea, credit,
     credit with, declare, deem, defray, defray expenses, depone,
     depose, disclose, divulge, echo, express general agreement,
     fasten upon, father upon, finance, fix on, fix upon, flash back,
     foot the bill, fund, give acknowledgment, give answer, give credit,
     give evidence, give thanks, go Dutch, go along with, grant,
     hang on, hold, honor a bill, impute to, lay to, let on,
     make acknowledgments of, not oppose, offer thanks, open up,
     out with it, own, own up, pay for, pay the bill, pay the piper,
     pin on, pinpoint, place upon, plead guilty, point to, proclaim,
     publish, react, receive, recognize, redeem, reecho, refer to,
     rejoin, render credit, render thanks, reply, respond, retort,
     return, return answer, return for answer, return thanks, reveal,
     reverberate, riposte, saddle on, saddle with, say, say in reply,
     set down to, settle upon, shoot back, spill, spill it, spit it out,
     stand the costs, swear, talk back, tell, tell all, tell the truth,
     testify, thank, view, vouch, warrant, witness, yield

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  ACKNOWLEDGE, v.t.  To confess.  Acknowledgement of one another's
  faults is the highest duty imposed by our love of truth.

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