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KNOW (knew, known)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does know mean? 

KNOW (noun)
  The noun KNOW has 1 sense:

1. the fact of being aware of information that is known to few people

  Familiarity information: KNOW used as a noun is very rare.


KNOW (verb)
  The verb KNOW has 11 senses:

1. be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about
2. know how to do or perform something
3. be aware of the truth of something; have a belief or faith in something; regard as true beyond any doubt
4. be familiar or acquainted with a person or an object
5. have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
6. accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
7. have fixed in the mind
8. have sexual intercourse with
9. know the nature or character of
10. be able to distinguish, recognize as being different
11. perceive as familiar

  Familiarity information: KNOW used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


KNOW (noun)


Sense 1know [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The fact of being aware of information that is known to few people

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

he is always in the know

Hypernyms ("know" is a kind of...):

knowing (a clear and certain mental apprehension)


KNOW (verb)


Sense 1know [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

know; cognize; cognise

Context examples:

I know that the President lied to the people / I want to know who is winning the game! / I know it's time

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "know"):

agnise; agnize; realise; realize; recognise; recognize (be fully aware or cognizant of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue know

Antonym:

ignore (be ignorant of or in the dark about)


Sense 2know [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Know how to do or perform something

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context examples:

She knows how to knit / Does your husband know how to cook?

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "know"):

be on the ball; be with it; know the score; know what's going on; know what's what (be well-informed)

control; master (have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of)

get the hang; master (be or become completely proficient or skilled in)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Sense 3know [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be aware of the truth of something; have a belief or faith in something; regard as true beyond any doubt

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context examples:

I know that I left the key on the table / Galileo knew that the earth moves around the sun

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "know"):

anticipate; foreknow; foresee; previse (realize beforehand)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 4know [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be familiar or acquainted with a person or an object

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context examples:

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

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They know themselves


Sense 5know [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

experience; know; live

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "know" is one way to...):

experience; go through; see; undergo (go or live through)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "know"):

taste (experience briefly)

live over; relive (experience again, often in the imagination)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

These men know the river


Sense 6know [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

recognize; acknowledge; know; recognise

Context examples:

The Crown Prince was acknowledged as the true heir to the throne / We do not recognize your gods

Hypernyms (to "know" is one way to...):

accept (consider or hold as true)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 7know [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have fixed in the mind

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context examples:

I know Latin / This student knows her irregular verbs / Do you know the poem well enough to recite it?

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "know"):

have down (have (something) mastered)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 8know [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have sexual intercourse with

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

have it away; have it off; have sex; lie with; sleep with; make love; roll in the hay; screw; have intercourse; have a go at it; get laid; be intimate; bonk; do it; get it on; eff; fuck; hump; jazz; bed; love; bang; make out; know

Context examples:

This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm / Adam knew Eve / Were you ever intimate with this man?

Hypernyms (to "know" is one way to...):

copulate; couple; mate; pair (make love)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "know"):

have; take (have sex with; archaic use)

fornicate (have sex without being married)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 9know [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Know the nature or character of

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

we all knew her as a big show-off

Hypernyms (to "know" is one way to...):

agnise; agnize; realise; realize; recognise; recognize (be fully aware or cognizant of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 10know [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be able to distinguish, recognize as being different

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

The child knows right from wrong

Hypernyms (to "know" is one way to...):

differentiate; distinguish; secern; secernate; separate; severalise; severalize; tell; tell apart (mark as different)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 11know [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Perceive as familiar

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

I know this voice!

Hypernyms (to "know" is one way to...):

call back; call up; recall; recollect; remember; retrieve; think (recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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