noun knowl·edge \ˈnä-lij\

: information, understanding, or skill that you get from experience or education

: awareness of something : the state of being aware of something

Full Definition of KNOWLEDGE

obsolete :  cognizance
a (1) :  the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association (2) :  acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art, or technique
b (1) :  the fact or condition of being aware of something
(2) :  the range of one's information or understanding <answered to the best of my knowledge>
c :  the circumstance or condition of apprehending truth or fact through reasoning :  cognition
d :  the fact or condition of having information or of being learned <a person of unusual knowledge>
archaic :  sexual intercourse
a :  the sum of what is known :  the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind
b archaic :  a branch of learning

Examples of KNOWLEDGE

  1. She has little knowledge of fashion.
  2. He has devoted himself to the pursuit of knowledge.
  3. She gained a thorough knowledge of local customs.
  4. Did you have any knowledge of her intentions?
  5. At that time the word science had not been narrowed down to one kind of knowledge; it meant whatever was known, and men of learning were still able to possess most of it. —Jacques Barzun, From Dawn to Decadence, 2000


Middle English knowlege, from knowlechen to acknowledge, irregular from knowen
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of KNOWLEDGE

knowledge, learning, erudition, scholarship mean what is or can be known by an individual or by humankind. knowledge applies to facts or ideas acquired by study, investigation, observation, or experience <rich in the knowledge of human nature>. learning applies to knowledge acquired especially through formal, often advanced, schooling <a book that demonstrates vast learning>. erudition strongly implies the acquiring of profound, recondite, or bookish learning <an erudition unusual even in a scholar>. scholarship implies the possession of learning characteristic of the advanced scholar in a specialized field of study or investigation <a work of first-rate literary scholarship>.

Rhymes with KNOWLEDGE

KNOWLEDGE Defined for Kids


noun knowl·edge \ˈnä-lij\

Definition of KNOWLEDGE for Kids

:  understanding and skill gained by experience <He has a knowledge of carpentry.>
:  the state of being aware of something or of having information <He borrowed my camera without my knowledge.>
:  range of information or awareness <To my knowledge our school has never won the championship.>
:  something learned and kept in the mind :  learning


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