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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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 The Rock Hall has become increasingly cognizant of fan voices. Chuck Yarborough,, "Rock Hall's new 'Experience' exhibit succeeds in creating more good memories (photos, review)," 15 Apr. 2018 According to Hannan coach Chris Yeager earlier Thursday, Klein was up and fully cognizant of what's going on around him, as doctors monitored his situation closely and continued to issue CAT scans twice per day. Robert Rhoden,, "2015 Slidell PD internal audit details misconduct: Fox 8," 15 Feb. 2018 The volunteer fire department in Teague, Texas, has been more cognizant since Chief Knight’s death. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of cognizant

formal : aware of something

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a strong desire or propensity

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