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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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References in classic literature ?
If De Wardes has related all our affair to the cardinal, which is not to be doubted, and if he has recognized me, as is probable, I may consider myself almost as a condemned man," said D'Artagnan, shaking his head.
In this waiting room were five or six of the cardinals Guards, who recognized D'Artagnan, and knowing that it was he who had wounded Jussac, they looked upon him with a smile of singular meaning.
Several of the women gathered curiously about me, and I recognized them.
A week later John took me to the house of his prospective father-in- law, and in Miss Margovan, as you have already surmised, but to my profound astonishment, I recognized the heroine of that discreditable adventure.
As he approached the shadow in which I sat I recognized him as the man whom I had seen meet Julia Margovan years before at that spot.
The landlady and I recognized him at the same moment.
Her sight was not so keen as ours; she had not recognized her son yet.
Propulsion Directorate at Wright-Patterson AFB, is recognized for high-temperature superconductors.
In general, the attributes of a tax position are recognized only if the position is more likely than not to be sustained upon examination, including the appeal process and litigation.
The suspended loss created by the disappearing basis can be recognized only up to the amount of such gain.
To be recognized, each student receiving a framed Kiwanis Certificate of Award has gone through a grade-level teacher nomination and selection process.
Thus, the compensation cost to be recognized over the three year period is $300 (100 options x $3).
15, 1994), companies need to determine the available pool of excess tax benefits available for offset for any award exercises where the amount of the tax deduction is less than the compensation cost recognized for financial reporting purposes;
The proposed Interpretation was issued on July 14, 2005, to clarify when the tax benefits of uncertain tax positions should be recognized in the financial statements of an issuer.
Fell was recognized not only for her continuing service to ADAA and the dental assisting profession through the years, but for recent activities including presentations to the State Board of Dentists and Dental Hygienists that resulted in the acceptance of a new pathway of radiation safety certification for dental assistants; for her work toward developing an Associates degree recognizing a dental assistant education curriculum; and for her work with Ogden and Weber, UT, schools in presenting oral hygiene instruction and training those who will present instructions.
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