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knowing

noun

Definition of knowing



14th Century

First Known Use of knowing

14th century


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knowing

adjective

Simple Definition of knowing

  • : showing that you have special knowledge

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of knowing

  1. 1 :  having or reflecting knowledge, information, or intelligence

  2. 2 a :  shrewdly and keenly alert :  astute <a knowing observer> b :  indicating possession of exclusive inside knowledge or information <a knowing smile>

  3. 3 :  cognitive

  4. 4 :  deliberate <knowing interference in the affairs of another>

knowingly

adverb

knowingness

noun

Examples of knowing in a sentence

  1. She looked at us in a knowing way.

  2. <exchanged a knowing look with her business partner during the sales presentation>



14th Century

First Known Use of knowing

14th century


KNOWING Defined for Kids

knowing

adjective know·ing \ˈnō-iŋ\

Definition of knowing for Students

  1. 1 :  having or showing special knowledge, information, or intelligence

  2. 2 :  shrewdly and keenly alert <The baby looked around with knowing eyes.>

knowingly

adverb



Law Dictionary

knowing

adjective know·ing

Legal Definition of knowing

  1. 1 :  having or reflecting knowledge <a knowing and intelligent waiver of counsel> — see also intelligent

  2. 2 :  deliberate 2 <knowing possession> <knowing endangerment> — compare mens rea

knowingly

adverb




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