rec·og·nize vt -nized, -niz·ing1: to acknowledge formally: asa: to admit as being of a particular statusrecognize a precedentrecognize a union; specif: to acknowledge (as a right, cause of action, or defense) as validb: to admit as being one entitled to be heard: give the floor toc: to acknowledge the de facto existence or the independence ofrefused to recognize the new government2: to account for as real, received, or incurred and treat and record appropriately; specif: to account for (a gain, loss, expense, or income) on current accounting or tax recordsrecognized the gain when she included it as income on her tax return compare realize
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
accept, admit, allow, appreciate, avow, cite, commemorate, concede, confess, consent, defer to, dignify, exalt, give the floor to, give the nod to, grant, greet, honor, noscere, own, permit, realize, salute, suffer, tolerate, yield to
agnoscere, apprehend, ascertain, be aware of, be familiar with, call to mind, catch sight of, cognoscere, comprehend, conceive, descry, diagnose, discern, discover, distinguish, espy, identify, know, make out, mark, noscitare, notice, place, recall, recollect, recover knowledge, reidentify, remember, retain the impression of, see, sight, spy, understand, verify, view
acknowledge (verify), admit (concede), appreciate (comprehend), apprehend (perceive), assent, authorize, bear (tolerate), bestow, comprehend (understand), concede, confirm, countenance, detect, diagnose, discern (detect with the senses), find (discover), grant (concede), hear (perceive by ear), heed, identify, notice (observe), perceive, pierce (discern), realize (understand), recall (remember), recollect, remember, spy, witness (have direct knowledge of)
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006