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Definition of known

: generally recognized a known authority on art

Examples of known in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In previous seasons, the controlling alliance was always somewhat known, and there was always one clear leader who was a target, though the houseguests would fail to get them out of the house. Kyle Fowle,, 10 Sep. 2021 These include tumors of the blood and lymphoid tissues such as lymphoma, myeloma and leukemia, which are well known to affect workers exposed to carcinogens in the workplace. Roberto Lucchini, The Conversation, 10 Sep. 2021 Bryant’s favorite player growing up was Barry Bonds, that’s well known, but another formative influence was Giants third baseman Evan Longoria. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Sep. 2021 California's almost kind of more so known for this. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 Philip Morris International — best known for its Marlboro brand — sells cigarettes everywhere in the world except the United States. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 Plus, the streaming service of a veteran production company now best known for being the team behind the Emmy-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race. David Levesley, Vulture, 31 Aug. 2021 Vitter said the couple’s home is surrounded by marsh and in an area that is well known to have alligators., 31 Aug. 2021 Markeith Williams has been there every step of the way, and the two were going to announce their college commitments together until the bad news for Simms became known. Chris Hays,, 28 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of known

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Known.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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