ACKNOWL'EDGE, verb transitive Aknol'edge, [ad and knowledge. See Know.]
1. To own, avow or admit to be true, by a declaration of assent; as to acknowledge the being of a God.
2. To own or notice with particular regard.
3. To own or confess, as implying a consciousness of guilt.
I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Psalms 51:3 and 32.
4. To own with assent; to admit or receive with approbation.
5. To own with gratitude; to own as a benefit; as, to acknowledge a favor, or the receipt of a gift.
Thy his gifts acknowledged not.
6. To own or admit to belong to; as, to acknowledge a son.
7. To receive with respect.
8. To own, avow or assent to an act in a legal form, to give it validity; as, to acknowledge a deed before competent authority.