1 know sb/sth again
ADV. immediately, instantly I immediately recognized the building. | easily This is the only species of flamingo in the region, easily recognized by its pink plumage. | barely, hardly Stella hardly recognized her brother.
VERB + RECOGNIZE learn to You learn to recognize the calls of different birds. | be easy to
PREP. as He recognized the man as one of the police officers. | by I recognized her by her red hair. | from I recognized them from a television show.
2 understand sth
ADV. fully They fully recognize the need to proceed carefully. | belatedly, finally The government has belatedly recognized the danger to health of passive smoking.
VERB + RECOGNIZE must | be important to | begin to | be slow to The company had been slow to recognize the opportunities available to it. | fail to
PREP. as This issue must be recognized as a priority for the next administration.
PHRASES be generally/universally/widely recognized, be increasingly recognized The strength of this argument is being increasingly recognized. | failure to recognize sth
3 accept sth officially
ADV. clearly The law clearly recognizes that a company is separate from those who invest in it. | formally, officially | internationally, nationally The Medway estuary is recognized internationally as a conservation area.
VERB + RECOGNIZE agree to | refuse to
PREP. as All rivers should be officially recognized as public rights of way.
PHRASES be legally recognized A bill of exchange is a legally recognized document. | a refusal to recognize sth