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1 a body of facts learned by study or experience
  • the forest ranger shared some of his vast knowledge of the woods with us
  • a knowledge of local customs

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2 the understanding and information gained from being educated
  • the purpose of the tests is to evaluate how much knowledge you have gained in a particular subject

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3 a state of being aware
  • my knowledge that I was watching a true story made the film more compelling

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How does the noun knowledge differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of knowledge are erudition, learning, and scholarship. While all these words mean "what is or can be known by an individual or by humankind," knowledge applies to facts or ideas acquired by study, investigation, observation, or experience.

rich in the knowledge of human nature

In what contexts can erudition take the place of knowledge?

While in some cases nearly identical to knowledge, erudition strongly implies the acquiring of profound, recondite, or bookish learning.

an erudition unusual even in a scholar

When would learning be a good substitute for knowledge?

The words learning and knowledge are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, learning applies to knowledge acquired especially through formal, often advanced, schooling.

a book that demonstrates vast learning

Where would scholarship be a reasonable alternative to knowledge?

In some situations, the words scholarship and knowledge are roughly equivalent. However, scholarship implies the possession of learning characteristic of the advanced scholar in a specialized field of study or investigation.

a work of first-rate literary scholarship

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

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“Knowledge.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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