Definition of knowledge
1a (1) : the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association (2) : acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art, or techniqueb (1) : the fact or condition of being aware of something (2) : the range of one's information or understanding answered to the best of my knowledgec : the circumstance or condition of apprehending truth or fact through reasoning : cognitiond : the fact or condition of having information or of being learned a person of unusual knowledge
2a : the sum of what is known : the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankindb archaic : a branch of learning
3 archaic : sexual intercourse
4 obsolete : cognizance
Examples of knowledge in a Sentence
At that time the word science had not been narrowed down to one kind of knowledge; it meant whatever was known, and men of learning were still able to possess most of it. —Jacques Barzun, From Dawn to Decadence, 2000
With their aid, he should be able to adapt himself selectively to his culture, rejecting its evils, stupidities and irrelevances, gratefully accepting all its treasures of accumulated knowledge … and practical wisdom. —Aldous Huxley, “Culture and the … ,” in Artificial Paradises,Mike Jay editor, 1999
The knowledge of the godawful way people act (their greed, their vicarious or direct violence), and of the youth and helplessness of those who died, leads to shame … —Harold Brodkey, New Yorker, 30 Jan. 1995
She has little knowledge of fashion.
He has devoted himself to the pursuit of knowledge.
She gained a thorough knowledge of local customs.
Did you have any knowledge of her intentions?
Recent Examples of knowledge from the Web
The Star Tribune, citing three people with knowledge of the shooting, said the officers pulled into the alley in a single squad car, and Damond talked to the driver.
But the family ties to suppliers and service providers were never discussed, according to three people with knowledge of the investments.
Epistemic curiosity, which is at the other end of that axis, is the love for knowledge.
Poverty, lack of access to health care and little knowledge of preventive care all can contribute to high rates of emergency visits, said Dr. Washington Burns, administrative director of the Breathmobile in Northern California.
The presence of such groups was once common knowledge, but as faiths evolved, elements of their history were forgotten.
The announcement of Threadripper’s prices fills in another major hole in our knowledge of AMD’s elite chip.
As she’s bombarded with kids’ frantic questions, Bennett is Yoda, calmly dispensing knowledge.
There is no indication so far that voting or ballot counting was affected in the November election, but officials are concerned that the Russians may have gained knowledge that could help them disrupt future elections.
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Origin and Etymology of knowledge
Middle English knowlege, from knowlechen to acknowledge, irregular from knowen
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of knowledge
KNOWLEDGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of knowledge for English Language Learners
: information, understanding, or skill that you get from experience or education
: awareness of something : the state of being aware of something
KNOWLEDGE Defined for Kids
Definition of knowledge for Students
1 : understanding and skill gained by experience He has a knowledge of carpentry.
2 : the state of being aware of something or of having information He borrowed my camera without my knowledge.
3 : range of information or awareness To my knowledge our school has never won the championship.
4 : something learned and kept in the mind : learning
Legal Definition of knowledge
1a : awareness or understanding especially of an act, a fact, or the truth : actual knowledge 1 in this entry b : awareness that a fact or circumstance probably exists; broadly : constructive knowledge in this entry — see also scienter, willful blindness Editor's note: Knowledge fundamentally differs from intent in being grounded in awareness rather than purpose. actual knowledge 1 : direct and clear awareness (as of a fact or condition) the bank had actual knowledge that the name and account number referred to different persons 2 : awareness of such information as would cause a reasonable person to inquire further; specifically : such awareness considered as a timely and sufficient substitute for actual notice (as of a work-related injury or of a bankruptcy proceeding) ruled that the employer did not have actual notice or actual knowledge within 90 days constructive knowledge : knowledge (as of a condition or fact) that one using ordinary care or diligence would possess had constructive knowledge of the presence of narcotics on his property personal knowledge : direct knowledge of a matter or of the truth or falsity of an allegation a witness may not testify to a matter unless evidence is introduced sufficient to support a finding that the witness has personal knowledge of the matter — Federal Rules of Evidence Rule 602 superior knowledge : knowledge greater than that possessed by another; especially : awareness of a condition or fact that affects another who was not aware of it denied having had superior knowledge of the hazard superior knowledge of a factor in the performance of a contract
2 : the range of one's information, understanding, or expertise answered to the best of his knowledge
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