\ ˈnōn How to pronounce known (audio) \

Definition of known

: generally recognized a known authority on art

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In fact, his predicament is just one example of a dubious but little-known tradition of Alabama sheriffs hobbling those who defeat them at the polls. Connor Sheets |,, "After losing reelection, these Alabama sheriffs took it out on their successors - and the public," 12 June 2019 In fact, his predicament is just one example of a dubious but little-known tradition of Alabama sheriffs hobbling those who defeat them at the polls. Connor Sheets, ProPublica, "Wasted Funds, Destroyed Property: How Sheriffs Undermined Their Successors After Losing Reelection," 12 June 2019 Throne beat three little-known candidates to secure the Democratic nomination. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Aug. 21 primary results: Alaska, Wyoming," 22 Aug. 2018 In 2014, a little-known law-school professor named Zephyr Teachout got 34% of the Democratic primary vote against the then first-term governor. Daniel D'addario, Time, "Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon Says She's a 'Candidate of This Time.' How the Actor Is Carving Her Role in Politics," 10 May 2018 The allegations shine light on a little-known office on White House grounds skirting some of the most basic medical protocols for years, including under former President Barack Obama. Mj Lee And Juana Summers, CNN, "Several White House medical unit staffers describe pressure to hand out meds," 27 Apr. 2018 Yet in some versions of the rumor, that’s the point — Trump would use a little-known law to circumvent the confirmation process and install Pruitt in the job temporarily. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The Scott Pruitt for attorney general rumor Trump just angrily tweeted about, explained," 6 Apr. 2018 Efforts to eliminate engine knock, leading to the addition of lead into gasoline despite the known health risks, get extensive treatment, probably more than needed. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Energy: A Human History,’ by Richard Rhodes," 7 June 2018 And doctors have been operating under the assumption that the risks of leaving moderate or severe depression untreated — for both mom and baby — typically outweigh the known risks associated with antidepressants. Julia Belluz, Vox, "We’re beginning to learn how moms’ antidepressants can affect fetuses," 9 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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