\ ˈnōn \

Definition of known 

: generally recognized a known authority on art

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There was a known connection between the active shooters and the attack site in 73 percent of the cases, often a workplace or former workplace for those 18 and older and almost always a school or former school for those younger than 18. Dave Altimari,, "FBI Report Says Mass Shooters Obtain Guns Legally, Usually Give Off Signals Before Shooting Spree," 27 June 2018 Formed in 2001, InDecline is best known for creating naked statues of Donald Trump that appeared in cities across the United States in August 2016, reported NBC News. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "‘We make kids disappear.’ Activists vandalize California billboard to blast ICE," 21 June 2018 Raiders Cut Marquette King, the Dancing Punter King was a 2016 second-team All-Pro and one of the best known specialists in the league. Andy Benoit,, "Brandin Cooks Is a Ram, David Johnson In Ready, Another Reason Lamar Jackson Has a Great Shot at Round 1," 6 Apr. 2018 As a result of several high-profile losses, one of the city’s best known preservation activists, Oscar Beisert, nominated the city for the National Trust’s annual list of 11 Most Endangered Places. Inga Saffron,, "Philadelphia's preservation reform effort has lost its way | Inga Saffron," 29 Mar. 2018 Camila Cabello—best known for being a former member of Fifth Harmony—joins Mars. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see Chicago concerts this week: Bruno Mars, Ric Wilson, Gordi," 8 Aug. 2017 Martha Gellhorn, the writer and journalist, is best known for being the partner of Hemingway. National Geographic, "Meet the ‘Difficult’ Women Who Wrote Their Own Rules," 12 May 2018 Both candidates have been active in Ohio politics for decades and are well known to voters. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Ohio Governor Race Pits State Attorney General Mike DeWine Against Former Consumer Watchdog Richard Cordray," 9 May 2018 Venture capitalist John Doerr is best known for being an early backer of Google and Amazon, among many other companies. John Doerr, WIRED, "When John Doerr Brought a ‘Gift’ to Google’s Founders," 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


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Kids Definition of known

: generally recognized She's a known liar.

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