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RECOGNIZE, verb transitive rec'onize. [Latin recognosco; re and cognosco, to know. The g in these words has properly no sound in English.]

1. To recollect or recover the knowledge of, either with an avowal of that knowledge or not. We recognize a person at a distance, when we recollect that we have seen him before, or that we have formerly known him. We recognize his features or his voice.

Speak, vassal; recognize thy sovereign queen.

2. To review; to re-examine.

REC'OGNIZE, verb intransitive To enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal. A B recognized in the sum of twenty pounds.