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    What's the difference between "acknowledge" and "accept". Why can "accept" complete the following sentence but "acknowledge" can't? Especially as acknowledge= to recognize or admit the truth of.
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    acknowledge - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    Acknowledge implies making a statement reluctantly, often about something previously denied: to acknowledge a fault.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    acknowledge - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    Acknowledge implies making a statement reluctantly, often about something previously denied: to acknowledge a fault.
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    Acknowledge implies that you have noticed or recognised sth but it doesn't necessarily imply accepting it. In business you acknowledge receipt of or you publicly express thanks. It overlaps with confirm.
    Last edited by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim; 08-Jun-2007 at 11:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim View Post
    Acknowledge implies that you have noticed or recognised sth but it doesn't necessarily imply accepting it. In business you acknowledge receipt of or you publicly express thanks. It overlaps with confirm.
    Agreed. Acknowledge has more than one meaning (Click here), and yet given the context provided (Post #1), confirm changes the meaning of the sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Agreed. Acknowledge has more than one meaning (Click here), and yet given the context provided (Post #1), confirm changes the meaning of the sentence.
    I only mean acknowledgement doesn't necessarily imply acceptance.

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