(noun) the fact of being aware of information that is known to few people; “he is always in the know”

acknowledge, recognize, recognise, know

(verb) accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority; “The Crown Prince was acknowledged as the true heir to the throne”; “We do not recognize your gods”


(verb) be familiar or acquainted with a person or an object; “She doesn’t know this composer”; “Do you know my sister?”; “We know this movie”; “I know him under a different name”; “This flower is known as a Peruvian Lily”

know, cognize, cognise

(verb) be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about; “I know that the President lied to the people”; “I want to know who is winning the game!”; “I know it’s time”


(verb) be aware of the truth of something; have a belief or faith in something; regard as true beyond any doubt; “I know that I left the key on the table”; “Galileo knew that the earth moves around the sun”


(verb) know how to do or perform something; “She knows how to knit”; “Does your husband know how to cook?”

know, experience, live

(verb) have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations; “I know the feeling!”; “have you ever known hunger?”; “I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict”; “The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare”; “I lived through two divorces”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



know (third-person singular simple present knows, present participle knowing, simple past knew, past participle (colloquial and nonstandard) knew or known)

(transitive) To perceive the truth or factuality of; to be certain of or that.

(transitive) To be aware of; to be cognizant of.

(transitive) To be acquainted or familiar with; to have encountered.

(transitive) To experience.

(transitive) To be able to distinguish, to discern, particularly by contrast or comparison; to recognize the nature of.

(transitive) To recognize as the same (as someone or something previously encountered) after an absence or change.

To understand or have a grasp of through experience or study.

(transitive, archaic, Biblical) To have sexual relations with. This meaning normally specified in modern English as e.g. to ’know someone in the biblical sense’ or to ‘know Biblically.’

(intransitive) To have knowledge; to have information, be informed.

(intransitive) To be or become aware or cognizant.

(intransitive, obsolete) To be acquainted (with another person).

(transitive) To be able to play or perform (a song or other piece of music).

Usage notes

• “Knowen” is found in some old texts as the past participle.

• In some old texts, the form “know to [verb]” rather than “know how to [verb]” is found, e.g. Milton wrote: “he knew himself to sing, and build the lofty rhymes”.


• (have sexual relations with): coitize, go to bed with, sleep with; see also copulate with


know (plural knows)

(rare) Knowledge; the state of knowing.


• Kwon, wonk

Source: Wiktionary

Know, n.

Definition: Knee. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Know, v. t. [imp. Knew; p. p. Known; p. pr. & vb. n. Knowing.] Etym: [OE. knowen, knawen, AS. cnäwan; akin to OHG. chnäan (in comp.), Icel. knä to be able, Russ, znate to know, L. gnoscere, noscere, Gr. jn; fr. the root of E. can, v. i., ken. (Ken, Can to be able, and cf. Acquaint, Cognition, Gnome, Ignore, Noble, Note.]

1. To perceive or apprehend clearly and certainly; to understand; to have full information of; as, to know one's duty. O, that a man might know The end of this day's business ere it come! Shak. There is a certainty in the proposition, and we know it. Dryden. Know how sublime a thing it is To suffer and be strong. Longfellow.

2. To be convinced of the truth of; to be fully assured of; as, to know things from information.

3. To be acquainted with; to be no stranger to; to be more or less familiar with the person, character, etc., of; to possess experience of; as, to know an author; to know the rules of an organization. He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin. 2 Cor. v. 21. Not to know me argues yourselves unknown. Milton.

4. To recognize; to distinguish; to discern the character of; as, to know a person's face or figure. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Matt. vil. 16. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him. Luke xxiv. 31. To know Faithful friend from flattering foe. Shak. At nearer view he thought he knew the dead. Flatman.

5. To have sexual commerce with. And Adam knew Eve his wife. Gen. iv. 1.

Note: Know is often followed by an objective and an infinitive (with or without to) or a participle, a dependent sentence, etc. And I knew that thou hearest me always. John xi. 42. The monk he instantly knew to be the prior. Sir W. Scott. In other hands I have known money do good. Dickens. To know how, to understand the manner, way, or means; to have requisite information, intelligence, or sagacity. How is sometimes omitted. " If we fear to die, or know not to be patient." Jer. Taylor.

Know, v. i.

1. To have knowledge; to have a clear and certain perception; to possess wisdom, instruction, or information; -- often with of. Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Is. i. 3. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. John vii. 17. The peasant folklore of Europe still knows of willows that bleed and weep and speak when hewn. Tylor.

2. To be assured; to feel confident. To know of,to ask, to inquire. [Obs.] " Know of your youth, examine well your blood." Shak.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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