Definitions for knownoʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

knownoʊ(v.; n.)knew, known, know•ing

  1. (v.t.)to perceive or understand as fact or truth; apprehend clearly and with certainty.

  2. to have fixed in the mind or memory:

    to know a poem by heart.

  3. to be cognizant of:

    I know it.

  4. to be acquainted or familiar with (a thing, place, person, etc.): I know the mayor well.

  5. to understand from experience or practice:

    to know how to make gingerbread.

  6. to be able to distinguish, as one from another:

    to know right from wrong.

  7. to recognize:

    I'd know her if I saw her again.

  8. Archaic. to have sexual intercourse with.

  9. (v.i.)to have knowledge or clear and certain perception, as of fact or truth.

  10. to be cognizant or aware, as of some circumstance or occurrence; have information.

  11. (n.)the fact or state of knowing; knowledge.

Idioms for know:

  1. in the know,privy to information.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of know:

bef. 900; ME knowen, knawen, OE gecnāwan; c. OHG -cnāhan, ON knā to know how, be able to; akin to L(g)nōscere, Gk gignṓskein. See gnostic , can1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. know(verb)

    the fact of being aware of information that is known to few people

    "he is always in the know"

  2. 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"

  3. know(verb)

    know how to do or perform something

    "She knows how to knit"; "Does your husband know how to cook?"

  4. know(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"

  5. know(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"

  6. 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"

  7. 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"

  8. know(verb)

    have fixed in the mind

    "I know Latin"; "This student knows her irregular verbs"; "Do you know the poem well enough to recite it?"

  9. sleep together, roll in the hay, love, make out, make love, sleep with, get laid, have sex, know, do it, be intimate, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, screw, fuck, jazz, eff, hump, lie with, bed, have a go at it, bang, get it on, bonk(verb)

    have sexual intercourse with

    "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever intimate with this man?"

  10. know(verb)

    know the nature or character of

    "we all knew her as a big show-off"

  11. know(verb)

    be able to distinguish, recognize as being different

    "The child knows right from wrong"

  12. know(verb)

    perceive as familiar

    "I know this voice!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. know(verb)ʊ

    to understand or have knowledge of sth

    Do you know his address?; "When's her birthday?" "I don't know"; We've known about it for two weeks.; No one knows how they managed to open the door.

  2. knowʊ

    indicates annoyance when sb asks you sth

    "Where are the car keys?" "How should I know!"

  3. knowʊ

    to be aware of what sb or sth is like

    We don't know him very well.; I know that road well.; I wanted to know what life in another country was like.

  4. knowʊ

    to gradually learn

    Getting to know everyone here has been a real pleasure.

  5. knowʊ

    to know sth well

    He knows the city like the back of his hand.

  6. knowʊ

    to have the skills and knowledge to do sth

    Do you know how to cook?

  7. knowʊ

    to be sure about sth

    We knew that it was going to be a tense meeting.

  8. knowʊ

    (of a person or place) called a particular name

    As a kid he was known as "Tricky."

  9. knowʊ

    remembered because of

    a photographer best known for his shocking images of war

  10. knowʊ

    indicates agreement or sympathy

    "It's way too hot in here." "I know."; I know you didn't want to do this, so thanks.

  11. knowʊ

    indicates you have an idea

    I know, let's go to the zoo this afternoon.

  12. knowʊ

    to be sensible enough to be aware that sth is wrong

    Ben's old enough to know better.

  13. knowʊ

    to know sb is not being truthful or is not correct

    She said it'd take an hour to get there, but I knew better.

  14. knowʊ

    emphasizes what you are saying

    You know you really should try to help her.

  15. knowʊ

    used when you are considering what to say next

    Well, it could be, you know, difficult.

  16. knowʊ

    emphasizes you think sth could be possible

    I don't think they're coming but you never know.

  17. know(noun)ʊ

    having information about sth other people do not know about

    employees who were in the know


  1. know(Noun)


  2. know(Verb)

    To be certain or sure about.

  3. know(Verb)

    To be acquainted or familiar with; to have encountered.

    I know your mother, but Iu2019ve never met your father.

  4. know(Verb)

    To have knowledge of; to have memorised information, data, or facts about.

  5. know(Verb)

    To understand (a subject).

    She knows chemistry better than anybody else.

  6. know(Verb)

    To be informed about.

    Do you know that Michelle and Jack are getting divorced? u2015 Yes, I know.

  7. know(Verb)

    To experience.

    Their relationship knew ups and downs.

  8. know(Verb)

    To have sexual relations with.

  9. Origin: From knowen, from cnawan, from knēanan, from ǵenə-. Cognate with knaw, kná.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Know(noun)


  2. Know(verb)

    to perceive or apprehend clearly and certainly; to understand; to have full information of; as, to know one's duty

  3. Know(verb)

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

  4. Know(verb)

    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

  5. Know(verb)

    to recognize; to distinguish; to discern the character of; as, to know a person's face or figure

  6. Know(verb)

    to have sexual commerce with

  7. Know(verb)

    to have knowledge; to have a clear and certain perception; to possess wisdom, instruction, or information; -- often with of

  8. Know(verb)

    to be assured; to feel confident

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'know' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #113

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'know' in Written Corpus Frequency: #31

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'know' in Verbs Frequency: #12

Anagrams of know

  1. wonk

Translations for know

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to be aware of or to have been informed about

He knows everything; I know he is at home because his car is in the drive; He knows all about it; I know of no reason why you cannot go.

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