An example of cognition is the thought process you undergo when you learn how to do a new math problem for the first time.
- the process of knowing in the broadest sense, including perception, memory, and judgment
- the result of such a process; perception, conception, etc.
Origin of cognitionMiddle English cognicioun from Classical Latin cognitio, knowledge from cognitus, past participle of cognoscere, to know from co-, together + gnoscere, know
- The mental process of knowing, including aspects such as awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment.
- That which comes to be known, as through perception, reasoning, or intuition; knowledge.
Origin of cognitionMiddle English cognicioun from Latin cognitiō cognitiōn- from cognitus past participle of cognōscere to learn co- intensive pref. ; see co- . gnōscere to know ; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
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From Middle English cognicion, from Latin cognitio (“knowledge, perception, a judicial examination, trial”), from cognitus, past participle of cognoscere (“to know”), from co- (“together”) + *gnoscere, older form of noscere (“to know”); see know, and compare cognize, cognizance, cognizor, cognosce, connoisseur.