Recognize and recognise are the two spellings of the same word that are both acceptable and exchangeable but one spellings are more commonly used in one part of the world while the others are common in the other. To differentiate between the two spellings and find out when to use which, keep reading the article as it will describe it in detail along with the origin, meaning and examples.
The word recognize originated from the late Middle English (earliest attested as a term in Scots law): from Old French reconniss-, stem of reconnaistre, from Latin recognoscere which means ‘know again, recall to mind’, from re- ‘again’ + cognoscere ‘learn’.
Recognize as verb:
Pat is very good at recognizing wild flowers.
Recognize or recognise:
Recognize and recognise are the two spellings of the same word described above. British English lists an alternate spelling as recognise, but the main entry is recognize. North Americans (yes, that includes Canada) prefer the ize spelling, and this is accepted everywhere. However, outside North America some prefer the ise spelling and it is not incorrect. This spelling change goes across all derivatives including: recognizability, recognisability, recognizable, recognisable, recognizeably, recognisably, recognizer, and recogniser.
The update adds features such as hands-free actions, always-on apps, WiFi support and an emoji recogniser, all of which will help Android Wear devices like the LG Watch Urbane and Moto 360 compete with the Apple Watch. [The Telegraph]
Tipping the scales at almost half a stone, it is a weighty book, literally and figuratively, and one that provides valuable illumination on the question of what exactly it is that makes a garden recognisably Irish. [The Irish Times]
When to use which?
If you live in England or some other British country, or are writing content for British audience, you should use recognise. If however, you live in America or are writing an article for American audience, you should use recognize.