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RECOGNIZE: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "recognize / notice / detect"
This sign can mean such things as "catch my eye" or "I picked that one out right away."
This sign can mean:
"...to notice something or someone"
"...to recognize something or someone"
"...to detect something"
"...to spot someone or something"
"it caught my eye"
Notes: This sign is also "directional" in that it can be done in the direction of (or aimed at) the person or thing that was noticed or recognized. By that I mean you can drop the left hand (or your non-dominant hand) and instead move your index finger in the direction of that which is being noticed.
NOTICE / recognize / detect (directional version):
You can add emotion, specificity, and location to the sign for NOTICE / recognize / detect:
In the example above I am using an expression that indicates: "I didn't expect to see that but I noticed over there was a..."
Notes: See: SEE
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