recognize as

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.
See also: recognize

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.
See also: recognize
References in classic literature ?
Thus, if I recognize a thing, the occasion of its previous existence in virtue of which I recognize it forms part of "my experience" by DEFINITION: recognition will be one of the marks by which my experience is singled out from the rest of the world.