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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!
See also: recognize, what
References in classic literature ?
Two months and a half elapsed in these trips, and Edmond had become as skilful a coaster as he had been a hardy seaman; he had formed an acquaintance with all the smugglers on the coast, and learned all the Masonic signs by which these half pirates recognize each other.
We recognize our friend Jones, we know cats and dogs when we see them, and so on.
it may be urged) as having been in our experience before, whatever that may mean; we do not recognize it as merely having been in the world before.
A second point is that, when we recognize something, it was not in fact the very same thing, but only something similar, that we experienced on a former occasion.
He could recognize in no one but himself an indubitable right to love her.
he asked, bowing to her and her husband together, and leaving it up to Alexey Alexandrovitch to accept the bow on his own account, and to recognize it or not, as he might see fit.
AFRL fellows are nominated by their directorates and selected by the AFRL commander through a highly competitive process that recognizes our very best scientists and engineers," said Dr.
When a tax position is taken that does not meet the more-likely-than-not requirement, FIN 48 requires the enterprise to recognize interest expense in the first period that the interest would begin accruing under relevant tax law.
Under the proposed regulations, A would have a realized loss equal to the disappearing basis in the shares redeemed, but would not be able to recognize it until the earlier of the "final inclusion date" or the "accelerated loss inclusion date.
Mariposa teachers recognize the importance of reading, and its mastery for all subjects,'' says Sheldon Epstein, school principal.
35 (To recognize a deferred tax asset for the temporary difference related to compensation cost) At the end of 2008 the balance in the deferred tax asset is $105 and $300 in additional paid-in capital.
Attribution period of policy for awards: For awards with graded vesting schedules (an award vests 25 percent per year over a four-year period), companies are permitted as an accounting policy election to recognize compensation cost ratably or by vesting tranche.
The proposed Interpretation would require an enterprise to presume that the relevant taxing authority will, during an audit, evaluate a tax position taken or to be taken when assessing whether to recognize the benefit of a tax position.
The first award will recognize a design professional or design firm, and the second will recognize a business organization.
Because the needs of children are at stake, even states such as Mississippi, which prohibits in-state adoption by same-sex couples, are apt to recognize the rights of gay parents who have obtained legal custody elsewhere.