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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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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But the Roman scholar’s encyclopedic work still stands as the most impressive synthesis of scientific knowledge in the ancient era, as scientists have once again learned. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Scientists admit Pliny the Elder was right about orcas and whales.," 11 July 2018 The thieves used money from his account to purchase savings bonds without his knowledge, his cousin, Volma Overton Jr., told KVUE. Essence.com, "Bank Restores Funds To 112-Year-Old Veteran Whose Money And Identity Was Stolen," 9 July 2018 With a tie game in the bottom of the seventh, Hejza put his knowledge gained throughout the game to work in the St. Charles Regional opener of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic. Paul Johnson, Aurora Beacon-News, "Say Hejza: Cal Hejza drives in JD Miller for winning run as Oswego edges Waubonsie in summer regional," 9 July 2018 Common knowledge, based on past practices, urges the hunter to follow for ensuring a successful future hunt. Anchorage Daily News, "Kivalina enjoys rare beluga whale harvest," 7 July 2018 The annual event attracts Cheesemongers (sellers of cheese, butter, and other dairy paraphernalia) from around the country who competed their encyclopedic knowledges of cheese for a prize. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Chèvre or Harbison? Cheesemongers Weigh In on The Best Cheese to Bring to a Picnic," 6 July 2018 The show is a terrifically important addition to our art historical knowledge of the era, as lively and absorbing as its descriptive but rather dry title is not. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 His wide-ranging knowledge and interests, along with his commitment to his family, are likely to make for a great next chapter after leaving the court. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Newly open seat on Supreme Court puts pressure on McCaskill in key Senate race," 27 June 2018 While most autofiction focuses on the impossibility of knowledge beyond oneself, Cusk’s novels insist on the opposite: her narrator’s experience only comes into focus with the help of other characters. Jordan Larson, The Cut, "Rachel Cusk’s Rules for Living," 25 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'knowledge.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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