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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Agnosce, v. [L. agnōscere.]

1. tr. To acknowledge or confess; to avow. — 1570 St. A. Kirk S. 341.
Patrik Myllar and Catharine Donaldson hes agnoscit thair fail of fornication
1577 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 56 b.
[He] requyrit the said Maister Robert to agnosce and confes that he haid neglectit hymself in clossing … the ȝeittis … of the said college

2. To examine, investigate; to establish by proof. — 1581 Bk. Univ. Kirk II. 481.
The estate of all prebendaries to be agnoscit and considderit
1583 Ib. 633.
Vnto the tyme that after just and lawfull tryall his innocence be agnoscit

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