What does know mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. knowverb

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

    "he is always in the know"

  2. know, cognize, cogniseverb

    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. knowverb

    know how to do or perform something

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

  4. knowverb

    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. knowverb

    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, liveverb

    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, knowverb

    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. knowverb

    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, bonkverb

    have sexual intercourse with

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

  10. knowverb

    know the nature or character of

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

  11. knowverb

    be able to distinguish, recognize as being different

    "The child knows right from wrong"

  12. knowverb

    perceive as familiar

    "I know this voice!"


  1. knownoun


  2. knowverb

    To be certain or sure about.

  3. knowverb

    To be acquainted or familiar with; to have encountered.

    I know your mother, but I've never met your father.

  4. knowverb

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

  5. knowverb

    To understand (a subject).

    She knows chemistry better than anybody else.

  6. knowverb

    To be informed about.

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

  7. knowverb

    To experience.

    Their relationship knew ups and downs.

  8. knowverb

    To have sexual relations with.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To KNOWverb

    preter. I knew, I have known.

    Etymology: cnawan Saxon.

    O, that a man might know
    The end of this day’s business ere it come! William Shakespeare.

    The memorial of virtue is immortal, because it is known with God and with men. Wisd. iv. 1.

    The gods all things know. John Milton.

    Not from experience, for the world was new,
    He only from their cause their natures knew. Denham.

    We doubt not, neither can we properly say we think we admire and love you above all other men: there is a certainty in the proposition, and we know it. Dryden.

    When a man makes use of the name of any simple idea, which he perceives is not understood, or is in danger to be mistaken, he is obliged by the laws of ingenuity, and the end of speech, to declare his meaning, and make known what idea he makes it stand for. John Locke.

    Ye shall be healed, and it shall be known to you why his hand is not removed from you. 1 Sa. vi. 3.

    Led on with a desire to know
    What nearer might concern him. John Milton.

    One would have thought you had known better things than to expect a kindness from a common enemy. Roger L'Estrange.

    Numeration is but the adding of one unit more, and giving to the whole a new name, whereby to know it from those before and after, and distinguish it from every smaller or greater multitude of units. John Locke.

    What a monstrous fellow art thou, thus to rail on me, that is neither known of thee, nor knows thee? William Shakespeare.

    They told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread. Lu. xxiv. 35.

    At nearer view he thought he knew the dead,
    And call’d the wretched man to mind. Thomas Flatman.

    Tell me how I may know him. John Milton.

    What are you?
    —— A most poor man, made tame to fortune’s blows,
    Who, by the art of known and feeling sorrows,
    Am pregnant to good pity. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    And Adam knew Eve his wife. Gen. iv. 4.

    They have reigned, but not by me; they have set a seigniory over themselves, but I knew nothing of it. Hosea.

  2. To Knowverb

    I know of a surety that the Lord hath sent his angel, and delivered me out of the hand of Herod. Acts xii. 11.

    When they know within themselves they speak of that they do not well know, they would nevertheless seem to others to know of that which they may not well speak. Francis Bacon, Essays, №. 27.

    Not to know of things remote, but know
    That which before us lies in daily life,
    Is the prime wisdom. John Milton.

    In the other world there is no consideration that will sting our consciences more cruelly than this, that we did wickedly, when we knew to have done better; and chose to make ourselves miserable, when we understood the way to have been happy. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    They might understand those excellencies which they blindly valued, so as not to be farther imposed upon by bad pieces, and to know when nature was well imitated by the most able masters. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    The prince and Mr. Poins will put on two of our jerkins and aprons, and sir John must not know of it. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    There is but one mineral body, that we know of, heavier than common quicksilver. Boyle.

    He said the water itself was a good healthy water; but for the party that own’d it, he might have more diseases than he knew for. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Fair Hermia, question your desires;
    Know of your youth, examine well your blood,
    Whether, if you yield not to your father’s choice,
    You can endure the livery of a nun,
    For ay to be in shady cloister mew’d. William Shakespeare.


  1. know

    KNOW-FM (91.1 FM) is the flagship radio station of Minnesota Public Radio's news and information network, primarily broadcasting a talk radio format to the Minneapolis-St. Paul market. The frequency was the original home of KSJN, but the purchase of a commercial station at 99.5 MHz in 1991 allowed MPR to broadcast distinct talk radio and classical music services. KNOW-FM's studios are located in the MPR Broadcast Center on Cedar Street in downtown St. Paul, while its transmitter is located on the Telefarm Towers in Shoreview.


  1. know

    Know can be generally defined as having information, understanding, or awareness about something. It involves acquiring knowledge through learning, experience, observation, or other forms of gaining information about a particular subject or concept. Knowing typically implies possessing a certain level of familiarity, comprehension, or expertise in a specific area.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knownoun


  2. Knowverb

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

  3. Knowverb

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

  4. Knowverb

    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. Knowverb

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

  6. Knowverb

    to have sexual commerce with

  7. Knowverb

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

  8. Knowverb

    to be assured; to feel confident

  9. Etymology: [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

    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  

  3. know

    To sense with our soul.

    We know intuitively where each person is on the earth, it just requires peace and conscious use of our senses.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 12, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. KNOW

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Know is ranked #118853 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Know surname appeared 146 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Know.

    50.6% or 74 total occurrences were White.
    34.2% or 50 total occurrences were Black.
    8.2% or 12 total occurrences were Asian.
    4.7% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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

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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. Sean Currey:

    I would rather be cold and hungry and know I did the right thing.

  2. Dave Reichert:

    Of course, he confessed and pled guilty to 49, we know there are other undiscovered bodies scattered throughout the country and throughout the state, probably some in Oregon, which will be found at a later date. But it will be very difficult to tie those victims to Ridgway. So yes, there are other victims still out there.

  3. Gabriel Mandujano:

    I know Wash Cycle's because I have a record.

  4. Nick Lawson:

    The problem is that this the closest election we have seen for a very long time, and in many ways the process doesn't really start until we know the result and whether we have a 'working' government.

  5. Henry McMaster:

    We know that it’s coming and we know that we need to take precautions.

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