knowl·​edge·​able | \ ˈnä-li-jə-bəl \

Definition of knowledgeable

: having or showing knowledge or intelligence

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Other Words from knowledgeable

knowledgeability \ ˌnä-​li-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
knowledgeableness noun
knowledgeably \ ˈnä-​li-​jə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of knowledgeable in a Sentence

I'm fairly knowledgeable about wine. knowledgeable historians regard that story as pure fiction

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There's obviously no more knowledgeable or competent judge of what really happened at this most vital juncture of the 20th century than Chancellor Helmut Kohl of Germany. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Read Brian Mulroney's Moving Eulogy at George H.W. Bush's Funeral," 5 Dec. 2018 Innkeepers John and Grace Cardona know how to be helpful without hovering, knowledgeable without acting like know-it-alls. Allison Weiss Entrekin, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Hotels in Atlanta," 27 July 2018 Over the phone, the male associate was kind and knowledgeable, chitchatting with me about the collection and its memorable brushstroke motifs, assuring me that my purchase was not only chic, but a wise investment. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Shopping While Black: Why I’m No Longer Afraid to Call Time on Racial Profiling," 29 Aug. 2018 Our server, Ken, was helpful and knowledgeable about everything on the menu, right down to identifying the beans in the java Towneship uses from Jim’s Organic Coffee in Wareham. Paul E. Kandarian,, "Razor clam stuffies, anyone? How about lobster corn dogs, or seafood potage?," 21 June 2018 The menu is easy to navigate with house standouts well marked, but equally entertaining is surrendering your palate to the suggestions of a friendly and knowledgeable staff. San Antonio Express-News, "Sichuan House," 8 Mar. 2018 Who's the most knowledgeable person about whiskey in the world? Kristen Bateman, Harper's BAZAAR, "#ChicEats: Drinking Whiskey with Anthony Bourdain," 12 Oct. 2015 Save for dermatologists, there are seldom folks who are as knowledgeable about the inner workings of our epidermis as aestheticians are. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Six Top Aestheticians Share Their Skin-Care Routines," 23 Sep. 2018 Each begins and ends at a bicycle shop, where knowledgeable employees can provide maps, gear and advice. Michele Shapiro, San Francisco Chronicle, "Three unforgettable bike rides around Maui," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of knowledgeable

1825, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of knowledgeable

: having information, understanding, or skill that comes from experience or education : having knowledge


knowl·​edge·​able | \ ˈnä-li-jə-bəl \

Kids Definition of knowledgeable

: having or showing understanding and skill gained through experience or education

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