1. To match something or someone which one currently perceives to a memory of some previous encounter with the same entity.
  2. To acknowledge the existence or legality of something; treat as worthy of consideration or valid.
  3. To acknowledge or consider as something.
  4. To realise or discover the nature of something; apprehend quality in; realise or admit that.
  5. To give an award.

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