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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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Al-Qaeda - banned and recognized terrorist organization since September 15, 2006;
Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at Wright-Patterson AFB, is recognized in the development, processing, characterization, and properties of metallic alloys for aerospace applications.
She is recognized for her instrumental role in Arizona's new legislation on coronal polishing and created the outline for the Board of Dental Examiners to follow while setting up testing requirements.
The recognized tax benefit may not exceed the total compensation expense under Statement no.
* There are nearly 400 clog breeds recognized by various canine authorities around the world.
Additionally, the internationally recognized ATHENA award that honours women who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishments will be presented at the Women in Business luncheon at the Riuniti Banquet Hall on Nov.
Because forfeitures are likely to occur throughout the entire service period, the "floor" in the early periods may be greater than the ratable portion of the period, requiring that a greater amount of compensation be recognized during the earlier part of the service period.
As important, the threshold determination undergirding the proposed Interpretation--that tax positions should not be recognized unless they are "probable" (as defined in the proposed Interpretation) of being sustained on audit based solely on the technical merits of the position--is at odds with pragmatic, prudent tax judgments that financial statements should reflect.
Just then, their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but Jesus vanished from their sight.
Late recognition of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was associated with no known SARS contact, hospitalization before the nosocomial outbreak was recognized, symptom onset while hospitalized, wards with SARS clusters, and postoperative status.
If Nixon hadn't squeaked out a victory in 1968 and appointed four conservative justices, Sunstein contends, the court might well have heeded the advice of liberal constitutional law scholars and recognized economic constitutional rights.
In 1998, Miguel Guerra, along with his wife Dawnna, started PCM Construction Services after Miguel recognized a need for debris removal services in the residential construction industry in North Carolina.
Jacqueline Moss, chief of finance of the 951 Transportation Co., Ipswich, was recognized for her work in moving SDDC cargoes in the United Kingdom at Thamesport, Felixstowe, Newport and the British military port of Marchwood.
Members of other recognized religious groups, such as Catholics or Muslims, are exempt from the tax, but only the state can decide which are recognized.
The ACA Lifeguard Qualifications standard PA-15A-Mandatory for swimming activities requires certification from a nationally recognized certifying body.
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