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Definition of known

: generally recognized a known authority on art

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Recent Examples on the Web And the aesthetic of the portraits is really well known. Adriana Balsamo, New York Times, "Finding an Aesthetic in the ‘Year of Africa’," 8 Feb. 2020 Some of these techniques employ generative adversarial networks (or GANs), the same kind of machine learning that is best known for creating deepfakes. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Startup uses A.I. to identify molecules that could fight coronavirus," 6 Feb. 2020 But, in Atlanta, top Republicans are proposing to change Georgia law to move up the special election primary by six months to boost Collins, who is more well known than Loeffler. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Doug Collins Senate bid threatens to hand Georgia to the Democrats," 30 Jan. 2020 Consuming from each other, promoting our designers, our models, and all those who are part of the creative side and the production chain to create a real ecosystem so that our talents are well known to all. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Designer Steeven Kodijia Talks Fashion Line And His Award-Winning Film," 30 Oct. 2019 Costigan said there is no known connection between the victims and the suspect. oregonlive, "Police looking for man who pepper-sprayed homeowners, then stole their Nike shoes in September," 29 Oct. 2019 Less well known to broader audiences is Moon Knight, aka Marc Spector, a former CIA agent turned mercenary. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Ewan McGregor confirms he will return as Obi-Wan for new Star Wars series," 24 Aug. 2019 Ex on the Beach is not exactly known for creating stable, long-lasting relationships. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love exclusive preview reveals the mother of all twists is coming," 23 Jan. 2020 Many of the new ministers were little known beforehand or had backgrounds that did not clearly relate to the ministries they are supposed to lead. New York Times, "Lebanon Names New Cabinet Amid Political and Economic Crisis," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of known

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2020

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“Known.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of known

: generally accepted as something specified
: included in the knowledge that all people considered as one group have
: familiar to people


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Kids Definition of known

: generally recognized She's a known liar.

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