- An example of knowledge is learning the alphabet.
- An example of knowledge is having the ability to find a location.
- An example of knowledge is remembering details about an event.
- the act, fact, or state of knowing; specif.,
- acquaintance or familiarity (with a fact, place, etc.)
- acquaintance with facts; range of information, awareness, or understanding
- all that has been perceived or grasped by the mind; learning; enlightenment
- the body of facts, principles, etc. acquired through human experience and thought
- Archaic carnal knowledge
Origin of knowledgeMiddle English knoweleche, acknowledgment, confession from Late Old English cnawlæc from cnawan (see know) + -læc from l?can, to play, give, move about
to (the best of) one's knowledge
- The state or fact of knowing: Humans naturally aspire to knowledge.
- Familiarity, awareness, or understanding gained through experience or study: has great knowledge of these parts; has only limited knowledge of chemistry.
- The sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned: the extraordinary knowledge housed in the library.
- Archaic Carnal knowledge.
Origin of knowledgeMiddle English knoulech knouen to know ; see know . -leche n. suff
(usually uncountable, plural knowledges)
- The fact of knowing about something; general understanding or familiarity with a subject, place, situation etc. [from 14th c.]
- His knowledge of Iceland was limited to what he'd seen on the Travel Channel.
- Awareness of a particular fact or situation; a state of having been informed or made aware of something. [from 14th c.]
- Intellectual understanding; the state of appreciating truth or information. [from 14th c.]
- Knowledge consists in recognizing the difference between good and bad decisions.
- Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of learning etc. [from 14th c.]
- Does your friend have any knowledge of hieroglyphs, perchance?
- (archaic or law) Sexual intimacy or intercourse (now usually in phrase carnal knowledge). [from 15th c.]
- The total of what is known; all information and products of learning. [from 16th c.]
- His library contained the accumulated knowledge of the Greeks and Romans.
- (countable) Something that can be known; a branch of learning; a piece of information; a science. [from 16th c.]
- Adjectives often used with “knowledge”: extensive, deep, superficial, theoretical, practical, useful, working, encyclopedic, public, private, scientific, tacit, explicit, general, specialized, special, broad, declarative, procedural, innate, etc.
(third-person singular simple present knowledges, present participle knowledging, simple past and past participle knowledged)
From Middle English knowleche (“knowledge”), of uncertain formation. The first element is ultimately identical with know, but the second is obscure (neither Old Norse -leikr nor Old English -lāċ would have given -leche as found in the earliest Middle English citations). Compare Middle English knowlechen (“to acknowledge”), Old English cnāwelǣċing, cnāwlǣċ (“acknowledgment”), and know. Compare also freeledge.
- The noun originally provided a counterpart to the now-obsolete verb to knowledge (see below), but was very early adapted to be the noun equivalent of know.
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