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acknowledge (one) as (something)
To publicly announce or accept that one possesses certain qualities or has attained a specific achievement or result. All she wanted was for her old boss to finally acknowledge her as the new director of the organization. The dissidents refused to acknowledge the new leader as legitimate.
acknowledge (one) to be right
To publicly announce or accept that one is correct in some position, action, or statement. After a lengthy interview with investigators, the suspect acknowledged the witness to be right. The finance department acknowledged Henry to be right about the accounting error.
acknowledge (the) receipt of (something)
To recognize, often formally, that something has been received, usually an item that has been delivered. Jason signed a form to acknowledge the receipt of the letter. Did you get a notification acknowledging receipt of your package?
acknowledge the corn
To admit to or acknowledge one's fault, shortcoming, mistake, crime, or naiveté. When they arrested me, I decided I might as well acknowledge the corn and confess to stealing the car. Especially since I was still driving it.
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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.
acknowledge someone to be right
to admit or state that someone is correct about something. Bill said that the car was useless, and the mechanic acknowledged him to be right.
acknowledge something as something
to agree or announce publicly that something is as previously stated. The president acknowledged the statement as the truth.
acknowledge (the) receipt of something
to report receiving something, such as a package, letter, or notice. The company acknowledged receipt of the merchandise I returned.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.