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ken

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verb \ˈken\

Definition of ken

kenned

kenning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  see

  3. 2 chiefly dialect :  recognize

  4. 3 chiefly Scottish :  know

  5. intransitive verb
  6. chiefly Scottish :  know



Origin and Etymology of ken

Middle English kennen, from Old English cennan to make known & Old Norse kenna to perceive; both akin to Old English can know — more at can


First Known Use: 13th century


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ken

noun

Definition of ken

  1. 1 a :  the range of vision b :  sight, view <'tis double death to drown in ken of shore — Shakespeare>

  2. 2 :  the range of perception, understanding, or knowledge <abstract words that are beyond the ken of young children — Lois M. Rettie>



Did You Know?

Ken appeared on the English horizon in the 16th century as a term of measurement of the distance bounding the range of ordinary vision at sea - about 20 miles. British author John Lyly used that sense in 1580 when he wrote, "They are safely come within a ken of Dover." Other 16th-century writers used "ken" to mean "range of vision" ("Out of ken we were ere the Countesse came from the feast." - Thomas Nashe) or "sight" ("'Tis double death to drown in ken of shore." - Shakespeare). Today, however, "ken" rarely suggests literal sight. Rather, "ken" nowadays almost always implies a range of comprehension, understanding, or knowledge.

1590

First Known Use of ken

1590

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