un·​know·​ing | \ ˌən-ˈnō-iŋ How to pronounce unknowing (audio) \

Definition of unknowing

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: not knowing



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unknowingly \ ˌən-​ˈnō-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce unknowingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unknowing in a Sentence


those unknowing people who think that the world is a kindly place are in for a rude awakening the poor woman has been the unknowing target of some pretty vicious gossip

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As Bonnie and her parents take a motor home vacation in bucolic Grand Basin, Forky turns into the unknowing facilitator of the Woody/Bo reconnection. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "Review: ‘Toy Story 4’ grows up but still keeps the joy of toys," 13 June 2019 All of this is tucked behind a traditional mews-style entrance on Adam’s Row that an unknowing passerby may not give a second glance, which would explain the appeal for the first guest here--a celebrated actor in town to film a movie. Rima Suqi, WSJ, "The Apartment to Book When Work Brings You to London for a While," 11 Dec. 2018 And the story didn’t specify whether the contract was knowing or unknowing, like what the nature of it was, but the headline was incredibly damning, right? Eric Johnson, Recode, "The media is responsible for President Trump and it still hasn’t learned from 2016, says Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi," 18 Oct. 2018 Left to her lonesome, the same feelings of uncertainty and unknowing that so distressed her at home become oddly liberating, bolstering her quiet curiosity and spirit of adventure. Marley Marius, Vogue, "5 Solo Trips Inspired by Female Travelers in Film," 7 Aug. 2018 The most famous pathogen, of course, is HIV, closely followed by Hepatitis C. These viruses were spread throughout the blood supply to unknowing recipients for years before tests to screen for them were developed. Laura Landro, WSJ, "‘Nine Pints’ Review: The Stuff of Life," 29 Oct. 2018 By saying upfront that the Play Store doesn’t have Fortnite, Google is attempting to protect unknowing users who might download some malicious clone of the app. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Google Play warns users it doesn’t carry Fortnite Battle Royale," 10 Aug. 2018 The ordeal, which lasted for a matter of seconds, merely looks awkward to the unknowing eye. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump walked (briefly) in front of the queen, and apparently that’s not allowed," 14 July 2018 Game 2 of this already fascinating Western Conference finals went to the coach who was constantly criticized by the unknowing masses from Monday night through Wednesday evening. Brian T. Smith, San Francisco Chronicle, "View from Houston: D’Antoni won’t overreact to criticism," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of unknowing


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unknowing was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of unknowing

: not aware of what is really happening

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