Mr. Dylan would acknowledge his own inscrutable

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What does "acknowledge" mean in the text below?
Earlier in the day, the Swedish Academy defended its nontraditional selection of a musician — and a seemingly uninterested one, at that — for the literary honor. (In his prepared remarks, Mr. Dylan would acknowledge his own inscrutable silence for two weeks after the prize was announced in October: “I was out on the road when I received this surprising news, and it took me more than a few minutes to properly process it.”)
  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    Thank you.

    He made reference to his silence. By mentioning it and giving some sort of explanation, he acknowledged (admitted to) having kept silent. (He might have chosen not to mention it at all.)
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