acknowledge as

acknowledge someone as something

to agree or announce publicly that a person holds a particular office or station, or that a person has particular qualities. She found it difficult to acknowledge herself as a failure.
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acknowledge something as something

to agree or announce publicly that something is as previously stated. The president acknowledged the statement as the truth.
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References in classic literature ?
I will not acknowledge a crime in my house; for when crime enters a dwelling, it is like death -- it does not come alone.