knowledge

noun
knowl·​edge | \ ˈnä-lij \

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 technique
b(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 knowledge
c : the circumstance or condition of apprehending truth or fact through reasoning : cognition
d : 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 humankind
b archaic : a branch of learning
3 archaic : sexual intercourse
4 obsolete : cognizance

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Synonyms for knowledge

Synonyms

lore, science, wisdom

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knowledge, learning, erudition, scholarship mean what is or can be known by an individual or by humankind. knowledge applies to facts or ideas acquired by study, investigation, observation, or experience. rich in the knowledge of human nature learning applies to knowledge acquired especially through formal, often advanced, schooling. a book that demonstrates vast learning erudition strongly implies the acquiring of profound, recondite, or bookish learning. an erudition unusual even in a scholar scholarship implies the possession of learning characteristic of the advanced scholar in a specialized field of study or investigation. a work of first-rate literary scholarship

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 editor1999 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?
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That means families who have no knowledge of the US might be getting dumped en masse at bus stations in the middle of winter, many without winter clothing and all without guidance about what to do next. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump administration to release hundreds of immigrant families from detention," 27 Dec. 2018 For weeks, Saudi Arabia denied having knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts or what could have happened to him. Fox News, "Khashoggi's fiancée under police protection, Turkish media report," 22 Oct. 2018 Several of those things are fairly straightforward and require no knowledge of hair and beauty routines. Andrea Park, Allure, "We Challenged Noah Centineo to Try Our Favorite Beauty Treatments and the Results Are Amazing," 21 Sep. 2018 Atrach compromised the account by resetting Gomez's passwords using information questions, sources with knowledge of the investigation told The Los Angeles Times. CBS News, "Woman charged with hacking Selena Gomez’s email," 13 July 2018 Following the incident, network management at TBS increased scrutiny over Bee's show, a source with knowledge of the situation told THR, with the plan being to prevent another incident that could potentially scare advertisers off. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Samantha Bee Earns Emmy Nomination Despite Ivanka Trump C-Word Controversy," 12 July 2018 Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder will part ways prior to the beginning of next season, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports on Friday. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Where should Carmelo Anthony go next?," 6 July 2018 Police are asking anyone with knowledge of March's whereabouts to call 911. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "13-year-old missing out of south Natomas, considered to be at-risk," 4 July 2018 To compile our list of the best humidifiers, The Good Housekeeping Institute identified five great picks based upon our categorical knowledge in this category. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Humidifiers to Buy This Winter," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of knowledge

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for knowledge

Middle English knowlege, from knowlechen to acknowledge, irregular from knowen

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knowledge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of knowledge

: information, understanding, or skill that you get from experience or education

: awareness of something : the state of being aware of something

knowledge

noun
knowl·​edge | \ ˈnä-lij \

Kids Definition of knowledge

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

knowledge

noun
knowl·​edge

Legal Definition of knowledge

1a : awareness or understanding especially of an act, a fact, or the truth : actual knowledge in this entry
b : awareness that a fact or circumstance probably exists broadly : constructive knowledge in this entry — see also scienter, willful blindness

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 matterFederal 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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