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adjective know·ing \ˈnō-iŋ\

Definition of knowing

  1. 1 :  having or reflecting knowledge, information, or intelligence

  2. 2a :  shrewdly and keenly alert :  astute a knowing observerb :  indicating possession of exclusive inside knowledge or information a knowing smile

  3. 3 :  cognitive

  4. 4 :  deliberate knowing interference in the affairs of another

knowingly

adverb

knowingness

noun

14th Century

First Known Use of knowing

14th century


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knowing

noun know·ing

Definition of knowing

Examples of knowing in a sentence

  1. She looked at us in a knowing way.

  2. exchanged a knowing look with her business partner during the sales presentation

14th Century

First Known Use of knowing

14th century


KNOWING Defined for English Language Learners


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knowing

noun know·ing

Definition of knowing for English Language Learners

  • : showing that you have special knowledge


KNOWING Defined for Kids

knowing

adjective know·ing \ˈnō-iŋ\

Definition of knowing for Students

  1. 1 :  having or showing special knowledge, information, or intelligence

  2. 2 :  shrewdly and keenly alert The baby looked around with knowing eyes.

knowingly

adverb

Law Dictionary

knowing

adjective know·ing

Legal Definition of knowing

  1. 1 :  having or reflecting knowledge a knowing and intelligent waiver of counsel — see also intelligent

  2. 2 :  deliberate 2 knowing possession knowing endangerment — compare mens rea

knowingly

adverb


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