Another word for recognize
To know again
identify, recollect, know, recall, remember, place, be familiar, make out, distinguish, verify, sight, diagnose, espy, descry, see, perceive, realize, understand, admit knowledge of, notice; see also know 1.
To acknowledge the legality of a government
exchange diplomatic representatives, have diplomatic relations with, sanction, approve, extend formal recognition to, extend de jure recognition to, extend de facto recognition to; see also acknowledge 2, approve 1.