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 Jones is cognizant of Michigan's drought in the rivalry, as the Wolverines have lost seven consecutive games to Ohio State and 14 of the past 15. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Why an ex-Michigan linebacker is trying to unite Buckeyes and Wolverines," 27 Nov. 2019 The veteran chefs appear to be cognizant of that fact, offering a limited menu during Pernoi’s first two months. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "8 Detroit-area restaurants that have opened since August," 30 Oct. 2019 The narrative twists and trapdoors in making Woody more cognizant of his own existence, and his wants and desires, are equal parts stress-inducing and thought-provoking for those of us who have grown attached to the pull-string cowboy. Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019 Madrona and Montero stay cognizant of generational differences by relying on younger writers in the room to point out anachronisms., "TV showrunners tinker with language when writing for Gen Z," 19 Aug. 2019 In recent years, cognizant of rising competition in the small satellite launch market, India has been developing the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV). Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Chinese firm first to orbit, Starhopper makes its big leap," 26 July 2019 Factor in the presence of his two children at ages sufficient enough to be more than cognizant. Chuck Culpepper,, "Tiger Woods is still getting over the Masters, 93 days later," 16 July 2019 Bili, meanwhile, slouches through the film, increasingly cognizant of the losses that have defined her life, nearly swayed by the prospect of moving back to China. Zoë Hu, The New Republic, "Crazy Sad Asians," 27 Aug. 2019 Out-of-staters also bring the benefit of geographic diversity to a campus, a factor that many institutions are increasingly cognizant of. Teghan Simonton, USA Today, "College recruiters aggressively go after out-of-state kids," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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6 Dec 2019

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“Cognizant.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of cognizant

formal : aware of something

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