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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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Recognizing the tax law's complexity and perceived inconsistency regarding when to recognize, derecognize and measure tax attributes, FASB issued FIN 48 to promote greater consistency of and comparability in reporting income tax assets and liabilities.
The artificial two-step process of first determining the validity of a project under the probable standard and then recognizing the value of only the items that satisfy the standard will lead to consistent overstatement of liabilities in years when the project expenditures are incurred.
Mosley went home with the new President's gavel as well as the Award of Excellence for her district recognizing her long list of services and offices held at the state, local and national level.
The author seeks to expand our traditional view of musical talent and help teachers and parents think creatively about recognizing and developing musical talent in children.
The legislature also passed a law recognizing domestic partners and their children as eligible for the World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship, which will pay for four years of college at a state institution or the equivalent funding applied to a private institution, and another law that emends workers' compensation benefits of up to $400 per week--or up to $20,800 per year for life--to same-sex surviving partners.
Its goal was to create a program recognizing the many employees of these church- connected organizations who, through their work, demonstrate their ministry every day.
He developed and taught one of the first courses in the country (in the late '80s, at the University of Southern California Law Center) that explored the theoretical and legal basis for recognizing domestic partners.
The FASB encourages recognizing $13,800 of expense, and the related income-tax effect, each year for the two-year vesting period.
Since July 1994 the Gold Shore Casino has been experiencing cash flow difficulties, as a result of which, the Company is now only recognizing rental and interest income revenue related to the Gold Shore Casino in amounts equal to cash received.
We're excited to honor International Women's Day by recognizing the achievements of women and encouraging them to share their stories," said Christa Bryant, Amarula brand manager.
Recognizing gains on acquisitions is not permitted using current accounting standards.
Recognizing this and knowing that many investment partnerships do not currently elect to make partnership basis adjustments (even upward adjustments), Congress provided a partner-level loss limit as an alternative to the mandatory basis adjustment for transfers of ownership in EIPs.
Recognizing this loss in either circumstance is unduly conservative and unjustified.
Such shareholders may have an election available to them to instead recognize their share of the foreign corporation's all E&P amount in lieu of recognizing gain on their shares Treas.
Recognizing employee stock options as equity instruments would preclude so-called exercise-date accounting, in which the final measure of compensation expense depends on the value of an option when it is exercised (or expires worthless) because changes in the values of a company's own equity instruments do not affect its income.