\ˈnōn \

Definition of known 

: generally recognized a known authority on art

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Ho isn’t particularly well known and until recently had been living in Los Angeles. Matier & Ross,, "Highways considered for carpool lanes in and out of SF," 9 July 2018 Lahey’s become known for signing every single diploma, amounting to 80 percent of the Quinnipiac alumni base. Alison Kuznitz,, "A Visionary Leader, President John Lahey Casts His Final Shadow On Quinnipiac University," 2 July 2018 But with a popular incumbent in Gov. Larry Hogan seeking re-election against the survivor of a group of lesser-known candidates seeking the Democratic nomination, that race has yet to spark enthusiasm among the electorate. The Aegis, "Your duty calls [Editorial]," 22 June 2018 Both of the aircraft are already largely known quantities. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Air Force tests two turboprops as potential A-10 “replacements”," 19 June 2018 There were no known witnesses or surveillance cameras. Austen Erblat,, "West Boca crime log: June 23-July 1," 13 July 2018 But Raskin had spent nearly a decade in state politics, was well known to voters and had assembled a superior political organization. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "In the year of the woman, can a $10 million man win a House seat?," 21 June 2018 When Fujian, a province well known for its small student population and high enrollment quota, made a rare move to open up its gaokao to students nationwide, many families decided to seize the opportunity. Elaine Wang, CNN, "China's exam migrants desperate for chance to sit life-changing gaokao," 6 June 2018 All four suspects are well known to police, according to authorities. Danny Mcdonald,, "Littleton police nab four after a chase through multiple towns," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of known

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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



Kids Definition of known

: generally recognized She's a known liar.

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