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Definition of known

: generally recognized a known authority on art

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The Spurs have been in talks with the Lakers, but – as of early Monday – there was no known progress on a deal. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Rajon Rondo joining LeBron James in Los Angeles, but what does it mean for Lonzo Ball?," 2 July 2018 But there are still no known turquoise deposits in Mesoamerica. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "New study rethinks pre-Columbian turquoise trade," 14 June 2018 Of course there is a problem: no known planets orbit either of the two big stars in the Alpha Centauri system. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "One of the Three Closest Stars Looks Friendly for Life," 6 June 2018 Justice Ginsburg, appointed by President Clinton in 1993, is the court’s eldest justice and perhaps the most-well known member of its liberal minority. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Misses First Day of Arguments," 7 Jan. 2019 There were three lesser-known candidates trying to win the Republican Senate race and in an unusual move, one of them bailed from the race Monday afternoon. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Billionaire Foster Friess defeated in Wyoming gubernatorial race despite last-minute Trump endorsement; Sen. Barrasso trounces wealthy challenger," 22 Aug. 2018 Administration statements ultimately seeking zero automotive tariffs suggest the folks in charge don’t realize just how much American manufacturing and workers benefit from the little-known tariff. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Trump's trade war could threaten US pickup production and jobs," 13 July 2018 Casey was once the chairman of the Broward County Bar Association's Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section and had worked for several well-known law firms. Anne Geggis,, "Accused fraudster in custody after 4 years on the lam, report says," 5 July 2018 What's more, pursuing the charge is hampered by another fact: Many pawn shops are ignoring a separate, little-known law. Taylor Palmby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A rare felony charge could help curb Wisconsin's opioid epidemic and property theft," 2 July 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


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Kids Definition of known

: generally recognized She's a known liar.

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