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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.
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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.
See also: acknowledge, right, to

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?
See also: acknowledge, of, receipt

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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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 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.
See also: acknowledge, right, to

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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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.
See also: acknowledge, of, receipt
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I would like to thank and acknowledge the contributions of the authors of the articles included in this issue Pat Akos, Keith Anderson, Sheri Bauman, April Davis, Lia Falco, David Feldman, Jan Fontaine, Glenn Lambie, Ginger MacDonald, Amy Milsom, Kevin Rand, Laurie Rokutani, Bill Rowley, Karen Seabolt, Jean Shen, Hal Shorey, Jason Siegel, Chris Sink, Jeremy Sullivan, Gerald Szymanski, Rick Snyder, Chuck Thompson, Nilah Wright, and Jamie Yarbrough.
As we've reported, Disney executives acknowledge that changes are imminent in its licensing program.
you can't deal with the problem, you can't confront it, you can't begin to take it on, unless you acknowledge it.
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Unlearning any of the isms requires that we acknowledge our prejudices and stereotypes and then move forward.