Pronunciation: (ak-nol'ij-munt),[key] —n. 1. an act of acknowledging.
2. recognition of the existence or truth of something: the acknowledgment of a sovereign power. 3. an expression of appreciation.
4. a thing done or given in appreciation or gratitude.
5. Law. a. a declaration before an official that one has executed a particular legal document.
b. an official certificate of a formal acknowledging.
c. public recognition by a man of an illegitimate child as his own. Also,esp. Brit.,ac•knowl'edge•ment.