(something) is widely recognized as (something)

When many people agree that a company is the best, you say the company is "recognized as" the best. Similarly, if you are "recognized as" one of the best athletes at your school, it means that a lot of the people at the school agree that you are one of the best.

If most people agree about a description, you can say something is "widely recognized as" being that way. "Widely recognized" means recognized by a large number of people.

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