What does know mean?

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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!"


  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 I've 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

  9. Origin: [OE. knowen, knawen, AS. cnwan; akin to OHG. chnan (in comp.), Icel. kn to be able, Russ. znate to know, L. gnoscere, noscere, Gr. gighw`skein, Skr. jn; fr. the root of E. can, v. i., ken. 45. See Ken, Can to be able, and cf. Acquaint, Cognition, Gnome, Ignore, Noble, Note.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Know

    nō, v.t. to be informed of: to be assured of: to be acquainted with: to recognise: (B.) to approve: to have sexual commerce with.—v.i. to possess knowledge:—pr.p. knōw′ing; pa.t. knew (nū); pa.p. known (nōn).—n. (Shak.) knowledge.—adj. Know′able, capable of being known, discovered, or understood.—ns. Know′ableness; Know′-all, one who thinks he knows everything; Know′er.—adj. Know′ing, intelligent: skilful: cunning.—adv. Know′ingly.—ns. Know′ingness, the quality of being knowing or intelligent: shrewdness; Know′-noth′ing, one who is quite ignorant: a member of the native American party (1854-56).—adj. completely ignorant.—Know a move or two, to be forearmed against trickery by a knowledge of the tricks; Know on which side one's bread is buttered, to be fully alive to one's own interest; Know the ropes, to understand the detail of any matter, as a sailor does his rigging; Know what's o′clock, Know what's what, to be thoroughly acquainted with something: to be wide awake. [A.S. cnáwan; Ice. kná, L. noscĕre for gnoscere, Gr. gignōskein.]

Editors Contribution

  1. know

    To be aware of.

    They did know how many people went to the GAA match as they had the amount of tickets sold to inform them of the total amount.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 20, 2020  
  2. know

    To perceive or understand as fact or truth.

    They knew they would marry and their relationship was forever.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 20, 2020  

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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

How to pronounce know?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of know in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of know in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of know in a Sentence

  1. Carlos Castaneda:

    few know

  2. Henri F. Amiel:

    few Know

  3. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons:

    You know

  4. Libbie "Cheryl Fernandez-Versini" Lawley:

    I don't know

  5. The Seven Sages:

    Know thyself.

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