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How will I recognize you?

 and How will I know you?
a question asked by one of two people who have agreed to meet for the first time in a large busy place. Tom: Okay, I'll meet you at the west door of the station. Mary: Fine. How will I recognize you? Tom: I'll be wearing dark glasses. Bill: I'll meet you at six. How will I recognize you? Mary: I'll be carrying a brown umbrella.
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recognize someone as someone or something

to accept and acknowledge someone to be someone; to accept and acknowledge something to be something. Mary didn't recognize the lawyer as her legal representative. Lizzy didn't recognize the car as her car.
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recognize someone or something by something

to know someone or something by some distinguishing sign. You will be able to recognize me by my long mustache. Mary recognized her car by the ribbon tied to the antenna.
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recognize someone or something for something

 
1. to identify someone or something as something. I recognized the deal for a scam as soon as I heard about it. Anyone could recognize Max for a common thief.
2. to show appreciation to someone or something for something. The organization recognized Laura for her excellent contributions to the philanthropy committee. The officers recognized the committee for its outstanding efforts.
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recognize something for what it is

 and recognize one for what one is
to see and understand exactly what someone or something is or represents. The disease represented a serious threat to all peoples, and Dr. Smith recognized it for what it was. I recognize you for what you are, you scoundrel!
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It is not unusual for a black cab to cover more than 1,000,000 miles in a 10 year period so in addition to the need for them to be distinctive and easily recognizable, they have to be durable, reliable and fit for purpose, so the choice of engine by the manufacturers is not lightly made.
In addition, although the town Haruf describes is from the northern part of the state, the town and rural countryside are completely recognizable to my students.
Alternately aimed at the shale at his feet or wider desert vistas, the camera records his dusty scroungings, which are synched to subarticulate grunts and moans, punctuated occasionally by recognizable words or phrases ("I have to get that stick").
The striped big cats were instantly recognizable to many from the years of Frosted Flakes commercials in which the animated tiger, Tony, says, ``They're grrrrreat
Linking himself to another champion of reading, Oprah Winfrey, he noted, "Two of the most recognizable advocates for literature in this country are a black woman and a black man.
In contrast, nine young adults who were uninhibited as infants didn't show this difference in amygdala responses to novel and recognizable faces, the scientists report in the June 20 Science.
With a blood-stained compound fracture, flapping tendons, and misplaced mouthpiece this aggro amputee became one of the most recognizable skate logos of all time.
ownership while bringing together two of the most respected and recognizable names in the musical instrument industry.
As in earlier projects (see for instance AR March 1987), Kroll considered that the school should be a group of buildings rather than a single monolith, and that the parts should have recognizable identities.
As pop psychology would say, we own our nellyness, and Peter Paige on Queer as Folk or the brilliant Alec Mapa on Some of My Best Friends or those lovers in The Birdcage are not recognizable stereotypes but recognizable people, as valid as anyone else who is willing to say, "I am what I am.
Ranging from the 1978 From Before to this newest work, the performances offered a sustained and joyous demonstration of a choreographic consistency that has built into a recognizable style without ever precluding invention.
Within the transparent barricade she was the nearest recognizable savior.
Instead of exploding into a common old starburst, their points of light spread out into a perfectly recognizable outline.
We have simplified the name to make it more readily recognizable, as we continue a program aimed at building brand identity.
It was very important that the new car had a strong familial resemblance and was recognizable in the blink of an eye as a TT," says the Argentina-born designer, noting it was critical to maintain the circular wheel arches, dome-shaped roofline and overall stance of the original.