know something or someone for what it/he/she is

Definition of know something or someone for what it/he/she is

  1. :  to understand what something or someone truly is Now I know them for what they are—liars. before scientists knew the disease for what it is—a virus

Word by Word Definitions

knowplay
  1. :  to perceive directly :  have direct cognition of

    :  to have understanding of

    :  to recognize the nature of :  discern

  1. :  knowledge

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

whatplay
  1. : used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

    : often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

    :  who

  1. :  why

    :  in what respect :  how

  1. : used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

    :  whatever

    :  any

  1. :  that male one who is neither speaker nor hearer — compare him, his, it, she, they

    : used in a generic sense or when the sex of the person is unspecified

  1. :  a male person or animal

  1. :  that female one who is neither speaker nor hearer — compare he, her, hers, it, they

    : used to refer to one regarded as feminine (as by personification)

    : used as an alternative to he to refer to a person of unspecified gender


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