What is the meaning of known?

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  • Be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about.
    • usage: "I know that the President lied to the people"; "I want to know who is winning the game"; "I know it's time"
  • Know how to do or perform something.
    • usage: "She knows how to knit"; "Does your husband know how to cook"
  • Be aware of the truth of something; have a belief or faith in something; regard as true beyond any doubt.
    • usage: "I know that I left the key on the table"; "Galileo knew that the earth moves around the sun"
  • Be familiar or acquainted with a person or an object.
    • usage: "She doesn't know this composer"; "Do you know my sister"; "We know this movie"; "I know him under a different name"; "This flower is known as a Peruvian Lily"
  • Have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations.
    • usage: "I know the feeling"; "have you ever known hunger"; "I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict"; "The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare"; "I lived through two divorces"
  • Accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority.
    • usage: "The Crown Prince was acknowledged as the true heir to the throne"; "We do not recognize your gods"
  • Have fixed in the mind.
    • usage: "I know Latin"; "This student knows her irregular verbs"; "Do you know the poem well enough to recite it"
  • Have sexual intercourse with.
    • usage: "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever intimate with this man"
  • Know the nature or character of.
    • usage: "we all knew her as a big show-off"
  • Be able to distinguish, recognize as being different.
    • usage: "The child knows right from wrong"
  • Perceive as familiar.
    • usage: "I know this voice"


  • Apprehended with certainty.
    • usage: "a known quantity"; "the limits of the known world"; "a musician known throughout the world"; "a known criminal"
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APAWordNet. (2010). known. Retrieved April 20, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/known/definitions/1177217
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "known" http://smartdefine.org/known/definitions/1177217 (accessed April 20, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, known, Smart Define, viewed 20 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/known/definitions/1177217>.
MLAWordNet. "known" 23 October 2010. Web. 20 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/known/definitions/1177217>
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