\ ˈnōn How to pronounce known (audio) \

Definition of known

: generally recognized a known authority on art

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Barber’s Violin Concerto, by contrast, is extremely well known, as is the story of the fracas over Barber’s commission fee (the artist for whom it was written had deemed the finale unplayable)., "Familiar works enjoy new life on revelatory night with Cleveland Orchestra," 12 Aug. 2019 Vorhaus’ passion for helping fellow sports enthusiasts was well known among family and friends and is one of many things remembered about him, following his death last month. Kelsey Hammon, The Denver Post, "Boulder business owner who died scuba diving remembered by sports community," 4 Aug. 2019 Nuclear weapons and their hazards are well known, radiological weapons somewhat less so. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Wants VR To Train for Nuclear War," 9 July 2019 That event was a police raid on a bar that was little known beyond the gay crowd that danced and drank there. James Barron, New York Times, "Pride Parade: 50 Years After Stonewall, a Joyous and Resolute Celebration," 30 June 2019 The Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation, is best known for expanding access to health insurance coverage. Wendi C. Thomas, ProPublica, "The Nonprofit Hospital That Makes Millions, Owns a Collection Agency and Relentlessly Sues the Poor," 27 June 2019 And his durability is well known, not having missed a game since the 2008-2009 season. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "As these former Panthers move into the Stanley Cup Finals, Florida prepares for draft | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 Locally, the work produced at the center became well known, bringing in more students, most of whom were low-income locals. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Explore Port-au-Prince’s Triumphant Art Scene," 25 July 2019 White House officials have declined to explain why Pence aborted the July 2 trip, saying only that the reason would eventually become known. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "Report: Pence canceled trip to avoid contact with an alleged drug dealer," 22 July 2019

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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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