know

verb
\ ˈnō How to pronounce know (audio) \
knew\ ˈnü How to pronounce knew (audio) also  ˈnyü \; known\ ˈnōn How to pronounce known (audio) \; knowing

Definition of know

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to perceive directly : have direct cognition of
(2) : to have understanding of importance of knowing oneself
(3) : to recognize the nature of : discern
b(1) : to recognize as being the same as something previously known
(2) : to be acquainted or familiar with
(3) : to have experience of
2a : to be aware of the truth or factuality of : be convinced or certain of
b : to have a practical understanding of knows how to write
3 archaic : to have sexual intercourse with

intransitive verb

1 : to have knowledge
2 : to be or become cognizant sometimes used interjectionally with you especially as a filler in informal speech
know from
: to have knowledge of didn't know from sibling rivalry— Penny Marshall

know

noun

Definition of know (Entry 2 of 2)

in the know
: in possession of exclusive knowledge or information broadly : well-informed

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Other Words from know

Verb

knowable \ ˈnō-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce knowable (audio) \ adjective
knower \ ˈnō-​ər How to pronounce knower (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for know

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of know in a Sentence

Verb He knows a lot about the history of the town. Do you know the answer? I don't know her name. Do you know what time it is? I don't know the words to that song. They knew a good deal about the problem. She knows the rules of the game. If you want the answer, ask someone who knows. I don't know much about art, but I know what I like. She knows that many people will not believe her.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Experts don’t know why this affects some people and not others and have found that simply continuing with antibiotic treatment can do more harm to a person’s system than good, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 Today, Kardashian West is known for switching up her hair often, wearing butt-length extensions and wigs in lots of different colors and styles. Lindsey V Thompson, Allure, "Kim Kardashian West Shares a Throwback Picture Minus Her Hair Extensions and Fake Lashes," 13 July 2018 That ruling overturned the 2015 decision by the state labor board, formally known as the Public Employment Relations Board. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "If state Supreme Court rules against San Diego on pensions, it could could cost city millions," 14 July 2018 The home, known as the house on bluff, also has high tech features. David Gleisner, Daily Southtown, "Rare glass house carved into hillside hits the market in Olympia Fields," 14 July 2018 Their cell membranes, for example, are made up of two different kinds of fatty molecules, known as lipids. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "Engineered Microbe Shakes Up the Tree of Life," 13 July 2018 The Armenian Shadow Puppet Theater, known as Karagyoz, was especially popular in the 18th century. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "Illuminating the Shadowy Art of Armenian Puppet Theater," 13 July 2018 World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, was ejected 11 times during his 17 year NBA career. Joseph Spears, Indianapolis Star, "Metta World Peace ejected from game after punting the ball into the crowd," 13 July 2018 The 52-year-old site, officially known as Monarch Hill Renewable Energy Park, is inching toward being full. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Mount Trashmore, the landfill that's over 20 stories, will grow bigger and taller," 13 July 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the past, these firms have been important conduits for improved know-how and technologies acquired from partners and rivals abroad and passed on to suppliers and imitators at home. The Economist, "Emerging economies are experiencing a prolonged productivity slowdown," 18 Jan. 2020 Despite strong latent interest, the lack of know-how and on-boarding requirements for US brokerage firms represented barriers that restricted potential standalone middle-class investors. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Fintech startups are making it easier for Nigerian millennials to invest in US stocks," 16 Jan. 2020 Only publishers had the know-how to make books that sell. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Can Amazon Finally Crack the Bestseller Code?," 16 Jan. 2020 While fresh graduates lack fundamental skills, experienced talent is not up-to-date with the latest know-how. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "The talent crisis plaguing Indian startups reflects the country’s deep education crisis," 13 Jan. 2020 These alternative grains can be challenging to work with, but a little know-how goes a long way. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Doing paleo, keto or Whole30? 5 wheat-alternative flours and how to use them," 8 Jan. 2020 The glories of Chinese know-how are present but less overtly (though the absence of Americans is notable; the hero’s key ally is Russian). Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, "The Chinese film business is doing the unthinkable: Thriving without Hollywood," 30 Dec. 2019 But Access Carroll is not the only nonprofit Welliver has lent his financial know-how to over the past 28 years, having served on the boards of McDaniel College, The Boys and Girls Club of Westminster and many more. Jon Kelvey, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Tom Welliver honored with Sylvia Canon Humanitarian Award," 12 Dec. 2019 What are those know-it-all Brits telling us this time? Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Bonnie Blodgett: When is it best to put a round peg in a square hole? Read on …," 22 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of know

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

Noun

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for know

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English cnāwan; akin to Old High German bichnāan to recognize, Latin gnoscere, noscere to come to know, Greek gignōskein

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The first known use of know was before the 12th century

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“Know.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/know?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=k&file=known001. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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know

verb
How to pronounce know (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of know

: to have (information of some kind) in your mind
: to understand (something) : to have a clear and complete idea of (something)
: to have learned (something, such as a skill or a language)

know

verb
\ ˈnō How to pronounce know (audio) \
knew\ ˈnü , ˈnyü \; known\ ˈnōn \; knowing

Kids Definition of know

1 : to recognize the identity of I know that guy!
2 : to be aware of the truth of We know that the earth is round.
3 : to have a practical understanding of Her little sister already knows how to read.
4 : to have information or knowledge He knows all about cars.
5 : to be or become aware The president knew about the problem.
6 : to be acquainted or familiar with A taxi driver knows the city well.
7 : to have understanding of It's important to know yourself. I don't know why this happens.
8 : to recognize the nature of We knew them to be honest.

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