KJV Dictionary Definition: acknowledge


ACKNOWL'EDGE, v.t. 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.

In all thy ways acknowledge God. Prov. 3. Isa. 33.

3. To own or confess, as implying a consciousness of guilt.

I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Ps. 51 and 32.

4. To own with assent; to admit or receive with approbation.

He that acknowledgeth the son, hath the father also.

1John 2. 2Tim. 2.

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.

All that see them shall acknowledge that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed. Isa. 6. 1Cor. 16.

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.


ACKNOWL'EDGED, pp. Owned; confessed; noticed with regard or gratitude; received with approbation; owned before authority.


ACKNOWL'EDGING, ppr. Owning; confessing; approving; grateful; but the latter sense is a gallicism, not to be used.



1. The act of owning; confession; as, the acknowledgment of a fault.

2. The owning, with approbation, or in the true character; as the acknowledgment of a God, or of a public minister.

3. Concession; admission of the truth; as, of a fact, position, or principle.

4. The owning of a benefit received, accompanied with gratitude; and hence it combines the ideas of an expression of thanks. Hence, it is used also for something given or done in return for a favor.

5. A declaration or avowal of one's own act, to give it legal validity; as the acknowledgment of a deed before a proper officer.

Acknowledgment-money, in some parts of England, is a sum paid by tenants, on the death of their landlord, as an acknowledgment of their new lords.