What does know-how mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. know-how(noun)

    the (technical) knowledge and skill required to do something


  1. know-how(Noun)

    the knowledge and skill to be able to (do something correctly)

    Marlo has the know-how to fix your computer.

  2. Origin: know + how


  1. Know-how

    Know-how is a term for practical knowledge on how to accomplish something, as opposed to “know-what”, “know-why”, or “know-who”. Know-how is often tacit knowledge, which means that it is difficult to transfer to another person by means of writing it down or verbalising it. The opposite of tacit knowledge is explicit knowledge. In the context of industrial property, know-how is a component in the transfer of technology in national and international environments, co-existing with or separate from other IP rights such as patents, trademarks and copyright and is an economic asset.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of know-how in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of know-how in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Golda Meir:

    Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either.

  2. Sergio Garcia:

    We all know the course a little bit better now, we know how much tougher it is. We kind of know what to expect.

  3. Hesiod:

    We know how to speak many falsehoods that resemble real things, but we know, when we will, how to speak true things.

  4. Golda Meir:

    It's no accident many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my head. Well, what if I do ... Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either.

  5. Charles Haddon Spurgeon:

    Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.

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