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From the verb acknowledge: (⇒ conjugate)
acknowledged is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ac•knowl•edged  (ak nolijd),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. widely recognized; generally accepted:an acknowledged authority on Chinese art.
ac•knowl•edged•ly  (ak nolijd),USA pronunciation adv. 
  • acknowledge + -ed2 1760–70

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ac•knowl•edge /ækˈnɑlɪdʒ/USA pronunciation   v. , -edged, -edg•ing. 
  1. to admit to be real or true: [ + obj]:The loser acknowledged defeat.[+ that clause]acknowledged that he had been defeated.
  2. [ + obj (+ with + obj)] to show or express recognition of:The teacher acknowledged my presence with a smile.
  3. [ + obj] to recognize the authority or validity of:acknowledged the truth of the accusations against him.
  4. [ + obj] to show or express appreciation for:She acknowledged the applause.
  5. [ + obj] to make known the receipt of:He wrote a thank-you note to acknowledge the gift.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ac•knowl•edge  (ak nolij),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -edged, -edg•ing. 
  1. to admit to be real or true;
    recognize the existence, truth, or fact of:to acknowledge one's mistakes.
  2. to show or express recognition or realization of:to acknowledge an acquaintance by nodding.
  3. to recognize the authority, validity, or claims of:The students acknowledged the authority of the student council.
  4. to show or express appreciation or gratitude for:to acknowledge a favor.
  5. to indicate or make known the receipt of:to acknowledge a letter.
  6. to take notice of or reply to:to acknowledge a greeting.
  7. Lawto confirm as binding or of legal force:to acknowledge a deed.
ac•knowledge•a•ble, adj. 
ac•knowledg•er, n. 
  • 1475–85; acknowleche, apparently either Middle English aknou(en) to recognize (Old English oncnāwan; see a-1, know) + -leche noun, nominal suffix (Old English *-lǣce, by-form of -lac; compare knowledge, wedlock); or blend of, blended aknouen and knouleche knowledge; then a- was mistaken for ac-
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged concede, confess, grant.
      Acknowledge, admit, confess agree in the idea of declaring something to be true.
      Acknowledge implies making a statement reluctantly, often about something previously denied:to acknowledge a fault.Admit especially implies acknowledging something under pressure:to admit a charge.Confess usually means stating somewhat formally an admission of wrongdoing, crime, or shortcoming:to confess guilt; to confess an inability to understand.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged deny, disclaim, disavow.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
acknowledge /əkˈnɒlɪdʒ/ vb (transitive)
  1. (may take a clause as object) to recognize or admit the existence, truth, or reality of
  2. to indicate recognition or awareness of, as by a greeting, glance, etc
  3. to express appreciation or thanks for
  4. to make the receipt of known to the sender: to acknowledge a letter
  5. to recognize, esp in legal form, the authority, rights, or claims of
Etymology: 15th Century: probably from earlier knowledge, on the model of Old English oncnāwan, Middle English aknowen to confess, recognize

acˈknowledgeable adj
'acknowledged' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
Collocations: a [universally, generally, widely] acknowledged [truth, fact], is an acknowledged [expert, leader, scientist], an acknowledged authority [of, in, on], more...

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