Know meaning

To possess knowledge, understanding, or information.
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Know is defined as to have an understanding of, be aware of or be familiar with someone or something.

An example of know is a doctor having the information needed to treat their patients.

An example of know is a friend recognizing another friend at a concert.

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To regard as true beyond doubt.

I know she won't fail.

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To have experience of.
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To be cognizant or aware.
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To recognize as distinct; distinguish.

To know right from wrong.

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(archaic) To have sexual intercourse with.
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To have fixed in the mind.

Knows her Latin verbs.

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To have knowledge.
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To understand (a subject).

She knows chemistry better than anybody else.

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To discern the character or nature of.

Knew him for a liar.

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To have a practical understanding of, as through experience; be skilled in.

Knows how to cook.

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(also intransitive followed by about or, dialectally, from) To have knowledge of; to have memorised information, data, or facts about.

He knows more about 19th century politics than one would expect. She knows where I live. Let me do it. I know how it works.

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Their relationship knew ups and downs.

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(archaic, biblical) To have sexual relations with.
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noun
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(archaic) To have sexual intercourse with.
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To be able to distinguish; recognize as distinct.

Knows right from wrong.

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To have a clear perception or understanding of; be sure of or well informed about.

To know the facts.

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To be aware or cognizant of; have perceived or learned.

To know that one is loved.

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To have a firm mental grasp of; have securely in the memory.

To know the multiplication tables.

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To have understanding of or skill in as a result of study or experience.

To know music.

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To recognize.

I'd know that face anywhere.

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To be sure, informed, or aware.
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To be certain or sure about.

I know that I’m right and you’re wrong. He knew something terrible was going to happen.

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To be acquainted or familiar with; to have encountered.

I know your mother, but I’ve never met your father.

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To recognize; to distinguish; to discern the character of.

To know a person's face or figure.

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To perceive directly; grasp in the mind with clarity or certainty.
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To be informed about.

Do you know that Michelle and Jack are getting divorced? ― Yes, I know.

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know (someone) in the biblical sense
  • To have sexual relations with (someone).
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(informal) in the know
  • Possessing special or secret information.
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(informal) you know
  • Used parenthetically in conversation, as to fill pauses or educe the listener's agreement or sympathy:
    Please try to be, you know, a little quieter. How were we supposed to make camp in a storm like that, you know?.
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in the know
  • having confidential information
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know better
  • to be aware that one could or should act better or think more correctly
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know best
  • to be the best guide, authority, etc.
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know from
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you know
  • you understand
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what do you know!
  • an exclamation of surprise
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Origin of know

  • Middle English knouen from Old English cnāwan gnō- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • from Indo-European: Latin cognoscō (Spanish conocer, French connaître, Italian conoscere, Portuguese conhecer), Ancient Greek γνωρίζω (gnōrizō, “I know”) and γνῶσις (gnōsis, “knowledge”), Albanian njoh (“I know, recognise”), and Persian شناختن (šenāxtæn, “to know”).

    From Wiktionary

  • from Proto-Germanic: Old High German knājan (“to know, recognise”), Old Norse knā (“to know how”), Dutch and German kennen, West Frisian kenne

    From Wiktionary