Some politicians were definitely acknowledged (8)
I believe the answer is:
'acknowledged' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both related to thinking as well as being past participle verbs.
Maybe you can see an association between them that I can't see?
'some politicians were definitely' is the wordplay.
'some' indicates a hidden word (some of the parts of the word are used).
'ANSWERED' can be found hidden inside 'politicians were definitely'.
Can you help me to learn more?
(Other definitions for answered that I've seen before include "Returned" , "was sufficient" , "succeeded" , "Sawn reed (anag.)" , "Fulfilled" .)