Definitions for know-how

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. knowledge of how to do something; expertise.

Origin of know-how:

1830–40, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. know-how(noun)

    the (technical) knowledge and skill required to do something

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. know-how(noun)ʊ

    the knowledge or skills needed to do sth

    Do we have the know-how to stop global warming?


  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.

Translations for know-how

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the practical knowledge and skill to deal with something

She has acquired a lot of know-how about cars.

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