Recognize Rec"og*nize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recognized; p. pr. & vb. n. Recognizing.] [From Recognizance; see Cognition, and cf. Reconnoiter.] [Written also recognise.] 1. To know again; to perceive the identity of, with a person or thing previously known; to recover or recall knowledge of. Speak, vassal; recognize thy sovereign queen. --Harte. 2. To avow knowledge of; to allow that one knows; to consent to admit, hold, or the like; to admit with a formal acknowledgment; as, to recognize an obligation; to recognize a consul. 3. To acknowledge acquaintance with, as by salutation, bowing, or the like. 4. To show appreciation of; as, to recognize services by a testimonial. 5. To review; to re["e]xamine. [Obs.] --South. 6. To reconnoiter. [Obs.] --R. Monro. Syn: To acknowledge; avow; confess; own; allow; concede. See Acknowledge.