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reconocer vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (distinguir)recognise vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
   (US)recognize vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 El perro reconoce a sus dueños por el olor.
 The dog recognises his owners by smell.
reconocer vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (mostrar agradecimiento)  (be grateful for)recognise vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  appreciate vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
   (US)recognize vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 La policía reconoce la ayuda prestada durante el terremoto.
 The police are recognising help given during the earthquake.
reconocer vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (aceptar parentesco)recognise vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  recognize vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
  acknowledge, accept vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 El cantante ha reconocido al niño como su nieto.
 The singer has recognised the child as his grandson.
reconocer vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (admitir error)  (unwillingly)concede, admit vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
   (UK)recognise vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
   (US)recognize vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 El ministro reconoció que se había equivocado.
 The minister conceded (or: admitted) that he had been mistaken.
reconocer vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda"). (examinar detenidamente)examine vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat."
 El médico reconoce a los pacientes.
 The doctor is examining the patients.
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Compound Forms:
reconocer a recognize someone
reconocer como recognize as
reconocer el mérito de alguien recognize someone's merits
reconocer el trabajo de alguien recognize someone's work
reconocer un hijo recognize a child (as one's own)
reconocer una deuda recognize a debt
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