cog·​ni·​zant | \ ˈkäg-nə-zənt How to pronounce cognizant (audio) \

Definition of cognizant

: knowledgeable of something especially through personal experience also : mindful cognizant of the potential dangers

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aware, cognizant, conscious, sensible, alive, awake mean having knowledge of something. aware implies vigilance in observing or alertness in drawing inferences from what one experiences. aware of changes in climate cognizant implies having special or certain knowledge as from firsthand sources. not fully cognizant of the facts conscious implies that one is focusing one's attention on something or is even preoccupied by it. conscious that my heart was pounding sensible implies direct or intuitive perceiving especially of intangibles or of emotional states or qualities. sensible of a teacher's influence alive adds to sensible the implication of acute sensitivity to something. alive to the thrill of danger awake implies that one has become alive to something and is on the alert. a country always awake to the threat of invasion

Examples of cognizant in a Sentence

Not like some college kid beaming in blissful ignorance, but rather like a worldly 23-year-old, self-aware and fully cognizant of the dire straits he's entering. — Jody Berger, ESPN, 14 June 1999 … the idea of a machine cognizant of that human Achilles' heel, emotion, can conjure more sinister images—like HAL, the savvy, menacing computer in "2001," whose fear that he would be unplugged led him to kill all but one of the crew members on a space mission. — Daniel Goleman, New York Times, 7 Jan. 1997 … to assure you that I am neither privy to, nor cognizant of, any such clique; and that I most potently disbelieve in the existence of any such. — Abraham Lincoln, letter, 13 Oct. 1849 He is cognizant of his duties as a father. not fully cognizant of the details of the trade agreement
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Also, be cognizant of how your own behaviors might impact someone who suffers from migraines. Nadia Suleman, Time, "5 Ways to Help a Friend or Loved One Who Suffers From Migraines," 28 June 2019 Dallas Mavericks: Chuma Okeke, F, Auburn Mavs fans are apparently enticed by Okeke’s natural, effortless mechanics, and are cognizant of his high basketball IQ. The Si Staff,, "Social Media Mock Draft: What NBA Fans Are Saying About Their Team's Pick," 19 June 2019 Corporate America has increasing been cognizant of transgender rights in recent years. Fox News, "Goldman Sachs director praises firm during transition to be a woman," 13 June 2019 Grote said his grandson is cognizant but still in a lot of pain. Washington Post, "Austin carnage now random; an arrest doesn’t appear close," 20 Mar. 2018 And while being cognizant of using safe(r) products is important, the trade-off shouldn't be a disappointing non-toxic nail polish experience. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "11 Non-Toxic Nail Polishes That Don’t Chip Immediately," 10 Oct. 2018 That could be interpreted as a helpful reminder that all people should be cognizant of their cultural blind spots. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Privilege Trap: Can Rich Kids Become Good Leaders?," 6 Oct. 2018 The key to switching your language here is to focus on the facts in any situation and to be cognizant of any story your mind wants to create around the facts. Cynthia Kane, SELF, "6 Negative Self-Talk Phrases to Cut Out of Your Vocabulary," 7 Sep. 2018 Prior spoke earnestly but softly, cognizant that the goal of a bullpen coach is to support the relievers, not to be the team spokesman. Teddy Greenstein,, "Once guarded, now open: Former Cubs phenom Mark Prior back at Wrigley as Dodgers’ bullpen coach," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of cognizant

1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cognizant

cogniz(ance) + -ant entry 2

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The first known use of cognizant was in 1820

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English Language Learners Definition of cognizant

formal : aware of something

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