What does knowledge mean?

Definitions for knowledge
ˈnɒl ɪdʒknowl·edge

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cognition, knowledge, noesisnoun

    the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning


  1. knowledgenoun


  2. knowledgenoun

    The fact of knowing about something; general understanding or familiarity with a subject, place, situation etc.

    His knowledge of Iceland was limited to what he'd seen on the Travel Channel.

  3. knowledgenoun

    Awareness of a particular fact or situation; a state of having been informed or made aware of something.

  4. knowledgenoun

    Intellectual understanding; the state of appreciating truth or information.

    Knowledge consists in recognizing the difference between good and bad decisions.

  5. knowledgenoun

    Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of learning etc.

    Does your friend have any knowledge of hieroglyphics, perchance?

  6. knowledgenoun

    Sexual intimacy or intercourse (now usually in phrase carnal knowledge).

  7. knowledgenoun

    Information or intelligence about something; notice.

  8. knowledgenoun

    The total of what is known; all information and products of learning.

    His library contained the accumulated knowledge of the Greeks and Romans.

  9. knowledgenoun

    Something that can be known; a branch of learning; a piece of information; a science.

  10. knowledgeverb

    To confess as true; to acknowledge.

  11. knowledgenoun

    Notice, awareness.

  12. Knowledgenoun

    A course of study which must be completed by prospective London taxi drivers; consists of 320 routes through central London and many significant places.

  13. Etymology: From knowleche, of uncertain formation. The first element is ultimately identical with know, but the second is obscure (neither Old Norse -leikr nor Old English -lac would have given -leche as found in the earliest Middle English citations). Compare knowlechen, cnawelæcing, cnawlæc, and know. Compare also freeledge.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Knowledgenoun

    Etymology: from know.

    Knowledge, which is the highest degree of the speculative faculties, consists in the perception of the truth of affirmative or negative propositions. John Locke.

    Ignorance is the curse of God,
    Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heav’n. William Shakespeare.

    Do but say to me what I should do,
    That in your knowledge may by me be done,
    And I am prest unto it. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    The dog straight fawned upon his master for old knowledge. Philip Sidney.

    That is not forgot,
    Which ne’er I did remember; to my knowledge
    I never in my life did look on him. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldst take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger? Ruth ii. 10.

    A state’s anger should not take
    Knowledge either of fools or women. Ben Jonson, Catil.

    I pulled off my headpiece, and humbly entreated her pardon, or knowledge why she was cruel. Philip Sidney.

  2. To Knowledgeverb

    not in use. To acknowledge; to avow.

    The prophet Hosea tells us that God saith of the Jews, they have reigned, but not by me; which proveth plainly, that there are governments which God doth not avow: for though they be ordained by his secret providence, yet they are not knowledged by his revealed will. Francis Bacon, holy War.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knowledgeverb

    the act or state of knowing; clear perception of fact, truth, or duty; certain apprehension; familiar cognizance; cognition

  2. Knowledgeverb

    that which is or may be known; the object of an act of knowing; a cognition; -- chiefly used in the plural

  3. Knowledgeverb

    that which is gained and preserved by knowing; instruction; acquaintance; enlightenment; learning; scholarship; erudition

  4. Knowledgeverb

    that familiarity which is gained by actual experience; practical skill; as, a knowledge of life

  5. Knowledgeverb

    scope of information; cognizance; notice; as, it has not come to my knowledge

  6. Knowledgeverb

    sexual intercourse; -- usually preceded by carnal; as, carnal knowledge

  7. Knowledgeverb

    to acknowledge


  1. Knowledge

    Knowledge is a familiarity with someone or something, which can include facts, information, descriptions, or skills acquired through experience or education. It can refer to the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. It can be implicit or explicit; it can be more or less formal or systematic. In philosophy, the study of knowledge is called epistemology; the philosopher Plato famously defined knowledge as "justified true belief." However, no single agreed upon definition of knowledge exists, though there are numerous theories to explain it. Knowledge acquisition involves complex cognitive processes: perception, communication, association and reasoning; while knowledge is also said to be related to the capacity of acknowledgment in human beings.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Knowledge

    nol′ej, n. assured belief: that which is known: information, instruction: enlightenment, learning: practical skill.—adj. Knowl′edgeable (coll.), possessing knowledge: intelligent.—n. Knowl′edge-box (slang), the head.—To one's knowledge, so far as one knows. [M. E. knowleche, where -leche is the Northern form of the suffix in wed-lock, being A.S. lác, gift, sport.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. knowledge

    The distilled essence of our intuitions, corroborated by experience. Knowledge is what I know; wisdom is what I see; theology is what I guess.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Knowledge

    The body of truths or facts accumulated in the course of time, the cumulated sum of information, its volume and nature, in any civilization, period, or country.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. knowledge

    In admiralty law, opposed to ignorance, and the want of which is liable to heavy penalty.

Rap Dictionary

  1. knowledgenoun

    Knowing what real raptalent and good raplyrics are. i had quite the knowledge, and after kindergarten i went straight to college -- Run-DMC (Down With The King)OR ORAL SEX, "BRAIN"

Editors Contribution

  1. knowledge

    The act and fact of knowing.

    Knowledge is an amazing gift that people cherish in so many ways.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 20, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'knowledge' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #639

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'knowledge' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1786

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'knowledge' in Nouns Frequency: #281

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of knowledge in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of knowledge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of knowledge in a Sentence

  1. Leonid Feldman:

    He is clearly a leader, he has charisma, he has knowledge. He could be -- who knows -- maybe whoever it is, let's say it is Donald Trump. Maybe he'll go back to Little Rubio and say he'll be his national security adviser, what we're witnessing now is unprecedented in American history. Really.

  2. Craig McClure:

    It is critical that young people who are HIV-positive have access to treatment, care and support, at the same time, those who are HIV-negative must have access to the knowledge and means to help them to stay that way.

  3. Dianne McGill:

    These specialty volunteers bring pet care knowledge with them so they can do whatever is needed to help, so they're walking, feeding, playing, cleaning up or helping to arrange a plan for rehoming.

  4. Aaron Smith:

    Technology permeates modern life and we thought it would be revealing to see how knowledgeable people were about some core concepts and history, policy makers, tech designers, and those orienting their organizations around digital life can profit from knowing just how 'technology literate' people are and where gaps in their knowledge might be. Just because people use these gadgets a lot doesn't necessarily mean they know everything about how they work and where they came from.

  5. Mary Beerworth:

    Vermont Right to Life Committee will be about a vast range of anything that pertains to your personal reproductive autonomy, from surrogacy, three-parent embryo, designer babies, minors possibly accessing the hormone blockers for transgender surgery without their parents' knowledge or consent, vermont Right to Life Committee's opening a whole new world here if Vermont Right to Life Committee passes.

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