1. To admit the existence, reality, or truth of.
2. To recognize as being valid or having force or power.
3. To express recognition of:
acknowledge a friend's smile.
4. To express thanks or gratitude for.
5. To report the receipt of.
6. Law To accept or certify as legally binding:
acknowledge a deed.
9. These verbs mean to make a disclosure, usually with reluctance or under pressure. To
10. acknowledge is to accept responsibility for something one makes known:
He acknowledged that the purchase had been a mistake.
11. Admit usually implies marked reluctance in acknowledging one's acts or accepting a different point of view:
“There are some faults which men readily admit, but others not so readily” (Epictetus).
12. Own stresses personal acceptance of and responsibility for one's thoughts or deeds:
She owned that she had fears for the child's safety.
13. Avow, a strong term, means to assert openly and boldly:
“Many a man thinks, what he is ashamed to avow” (Samuel Johnson).
14. Confess usually emphasizes disclosure of something damaging or inconvenient to oneself:
I have to confess that I lied to you. To
15. concede is to admit something, such as the validity of an argument, often against one's will:
The lawyer refused to concede that the two cases were at all similar.