Definitionsregional note: in BRIT, also use unrecognised
1. adjective [ADJ after v, v-link ADJ]
If someone does something unrecognized, nobody knows or recognizes them while they do it. ⇒ He is believed to have worked unrecognised as a doorman at East End clubs. ⇒ I actually knew her, but in overalls I passed unrecognised.
2. adjective [ADJ after v, v-link ADJ, ADJ n] If something is unrecognized, people are not aware of it. ⇒ There is the possibility that hypothermia can go unrecognized. ⇒ There must be many vases, bowls or bottles sitting unrecognised in people's homes. ⇒ Until comparatively recently, dyslexia remained largely unrecognised. 3. adjective [ADJ after v, v-link ADJ, ADJ n] If you or your achievements or qualities are unrecognized, you have not been properly appreciated or acknowledged by other people for what you have done. ⇒ Hard work and talent so often go unrecognised and unrewarded. ⇒ She became ill and died with her life's work unrecognised. ⇒ There really is a wealth of unrecognised talent out there. 4. adjective [usu ADJ n] An unrecognized meeting, agreement, or political party is not formally acknowledged as legal or valid by the authorities. ⇒ ...the unrecognised Islamic Fundamentalist Movement. ⇒ Local authorities are likely to refuse to hire facilities to unrecognised martial arts organisations.
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