\ ˈnōn How to pronounce known (audio) \

Definition of known

: generally recognized a known authority on art

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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 Voters passed a $750 million Portland Public Schools bond promoted as essential to make schools safe last May after the school board pledged to release by December a long-and short-term strategy to address all known health and safety risks. Bethany Barnes,, "Where's the strategy on health and safety that Portland Public Schools promised?," 4 Apr. 2018 In one of the three studies on prenatal supplements, researchers looked at folic acid’s effects on the known autism risk in children exposed to epilepsy drugs in utero. Nicholette Zeliadt, Washington Post, "Taking folic acid may lower the risk of autism and ease features of the condition," 2 Apr. 2018 Founded by a former ballerina and surfer, Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves, the brand is most known for its scalloped swimsuits but has expanded its repertoire to include gingham print and fringe. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Best New Swimwear of Summer 2019," 21 Mar. 2019 Tyson is probably best known to contemporary audiences for playing Ophelia Harkness, the mother of Viola Davis's Annalise Keating, on How to Get Away with Murder. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cicely Tyson Will Make History at the Oscars Tonight," 25 Feb. 2019 While Drake has been wearing plenty of custom menswear from storied labels, sporting a lesser-known designer is a new stepping stone. Vogue, "Which Iconic Bombshell Is Drake Repping Now?," 15 Apr. 2019 Goya’s label, which was launched in 2006, has become known for its striking day dresses, though the designer has shown strong suiting before. Vogue, "Michelle Obama Calls on This Danish Designer for the Copenhagen Leg of Her Book Tour," 10 Apr. 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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