recognize - realize
If you recognize someone or something, you know who or what they are because you have seen them before, or because they have been described to you.
She didn't recognize me at first.
Doctors are trained to recognize the symptoms of depression.
If you recognize something such as a problem, you accept that it exists.
Governments are beginning to recognize the problem.
We recognize this as a genuine need.
If you become aware of a fact, don't say that you ‘recognize’ it. Say that you realize it.
I realized Martha was right.
She realized that she was going to be late.