[n] the act of preferring; "the preferment went to the younger candidate"
[n] the process of recognizing something or someone by remembering
[n] coming to understand something clearly and distinctly; "a growing realization of the risk involved"; "a sudden recognition of the problem he faced"
[n] approval; "give her recognition for trying"; "he was given credit for his work"; "it is to her credit that she tried"; "the credits were given at the end of the film"
[n] the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged