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recognize (someone or something) as (someone or something)

1. To remember or identify someone or something as being a certain person or thing one has previously perceived. I recognized her as the woman who had processed my claim in the bank. I didn't recognize it as anything I'd heard before.
2. To show acceptance or acknowledgement of someone or something as having a particular role, status, or position. The government still refuses to recognize the region as a separate, independent region. We will never recognize you as our leader.
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recognize (someone or something) by (something)

To be able to identify or remember someone or something because of some distinguishing trait, characteristic, behavior, etc. I was able to recognize him by the unmistakable mark on the right side of his face. You should be able to recognize their house by the large Italian flag they always have hanging from their front porch.
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recognize (someone or something) for (something)

1. To be able to identify or remember someone or something as being a certain kind of person or thing. I recognized him for a petty conman the moment he tried talking me into that ridiculous scheme. If you were smart, you'd recognize this for the amazing deal that it is.
2. To honor, praise, or acknowledge someone or something for some deed or achievement. They are recognizing Ken for his years of service to the company. The government is recognizing the company for its important environmental work.
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recognize (someone or something) for what (someone or something) is

To be able to perceive and understand the true nature of someone or something. She seems committed to thinking of him as some misunderstood outcast, instead of just recognizing him for what he is—a petty thug. You need to recognize the situation for what it is and start putting things in place to deal with it.
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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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Applying these rules to Example 1 above, A would still recognize $100 dividend income, but would also have a $30 realized loss (A's basis in the redeemed shares), which A could not recognize until the final inclusion date or accelerated loss inclusion date.
The Citizenship Award recognizes students for their work ethic in the classroom and character development on the playground.
Additional paid-in capital 595 (To adjust current tax expense and taxes payable to recognize the current accounting tax benefit upon exercise of options) If all the same facts as above hold true except the options expire unexercised, there would be no deduction on the company's tax return.
The proposed Interpretation would permit an enterprise to recognize the financial statement effects of a tax position when the position is "probable" of being sustained by the enterprise following an audit by the taxing authorities.
The quest for design aesthetics will always be at the foundation of the architectural process, but through these awards we also recognize the importance of environmentally sustainable design processes.
We needed a place to recognize our people, to hang plaques, to have ceremonies acknowledging the contributions of our donors.
Parents should be aware that musical development starts before birth, and infants of a surprisingly young age can recognize musical patterns and begin musical production.
It is a time to not only recognize their ministry, but to remind everyone that we are all in this together as a community, and that we all have a vocation," says Lopez.
Hawaii may soon became the first state to recognize same-sex marriages.
In keeping with the complexity of Subchapter K, what constitutes an unrealized receivable is not intuitive, and the definition extends its reach to items not normally thought of as "unrealized receivables "Whenever a partner's share of these asset categories is disproportionately reduced, the withdrawing member must recognize this reduction as ordinary income.
Measure and recognize the assets acquired and liabilities assumed.
The present value income method is similar to the pro-ratable income method in that both capitalize the acquisition cost of a policy and of additional premiums, but the two differ in the way they recognize income.
Although the nation has rallied to support the survivors of the victims in the year since the attacks--and while both Congress and some state governments have taken unprecedented steps to recognize gay and lesbian relationships in the wake of the tragedy--Winter and many other same-sex surviving partners still are uncertain of what, if any, financial support they'll actually receive.