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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Recent Examples on the Web Michigan is cognizant of the challenge of Sunday night's contest against Northwestern. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball's 3-point defense has stunk. So how are Wolverines winning with ease?," 3 Jan. 2021 Flores was also cognizant of the Raiders’ attempt to run the clock and kick the field goal in the final minute with hopes the Dolphins would not comeback. Safid Deen,, "Here’s why Brian Flores is sticking with Tua Tagovailoa over Ryan Fitzpatrick as Dolphins’ starter," 27 Dec. 2020 Being cognizant of Native Americans’ connections with nature and the environment, Cid recently finished discussions with Native American climate and energy experts, education experts and students to finalize another article on diversity., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 4 Dec. 2020 On Zoom, be cognizant of nonverbal cues like eye rolling, aggressive posture, or an aggravated tone. Whitney Phillips, Wired, "How to Have Productive Conversations About Election Misinformation," 24 Nov. 2020 The Athens teacher is cognizant that any reforms would require bipartisan endorsement from at least a handful of senators. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "National attacks of Biden over court-packing resonate with Georgia voters," 13 Oct. 2020 Dallas County recommends that those planning to travel for the holidays should be cognizant of the number of cases at their destination and any stops along the way. Dallas News, "Limit exposure, eat quietly, and mask up. Here’s what Dallas County suggests for a safe Thanksgiving," 11 Nov. 2020 Also be cognizant of the ash that might have built up on the car's exterior, especially on windows and the windshield, which could impair your ability to drive. Annie Vainshtein,, "Masks? Fans? Fresheners? Do's and don'ts of dealing with smoky air in your Bay Area home and car," 24 Aug. 2020 On Government or any of his other writings without being cognizant of these things. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Buckley, Calhoun, and I," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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18 Jan 2021

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“Cognizant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cognizant

formal : aware of something

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