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knowing

noun

verb

  1. (be cognizant, aware)  to be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; to possess knowledge or information about
    Synonyms: cognise [British spelling], cognize [American/Canadian spelling].
  2. (know how, do)  to know how to do or perform something
  3. (be aware, truth)  to be aware of the truth of something; to have a belief or faith in something; to regard as true beyond any doubt
  4. (be familiar, acquainted)  to be familiar or acquainted with a person or an object
    Follows: recognize
  5. (experience)  to have first-hand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
    Synonyms: experience, live. Type of: experience
  6. (accept)  to accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
    Synonyms: acknowledge, recognise [British spelling], recognize [American/Canadian spelling]. Type...
  7. (have fixed, mind)  to have fixed in the mind
  8. (copulate)  to have sexual intercourse with
    Synonyms: bang, be intimate [irregular verb], bed, do it, eff, get it on, get laid, have a go at it,...
  9. (realize)  to know the nature or character of
    Type of: recognize
  10. (distinguish)  to be able to distinguish, recognize as being different
    Type of: distinguish
  11. (remember)  to perceive as familiar
    Type of: remember

adjective

  1. (wise to)  evidencing the possession of inside information
    Synonyms: wise [predicate], wise to [predicate]. Similar to: informed
  2. (intended)  characterized by conscious design or purpose
    Synonyms: intentional. Similar to: intended
  3. (alert, fully informed)  alert and fully informed
    Synonyms: knowledgable, knowledgeable. Similar to: informed
  4. (educated)  highly educated; having extensive information or understanding
    Synonyms: knowledgable, knowledgeable, learned, lettered, well-educated, well-read. Similar to:...

Etymology summary

Old English gecnāwan; related to Old Norse knā I can, Latin noscere to come to...
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

knowing | know | there is no knowing [sense-specific] | I know what [sense-specific] | know what's what [sense-specific] | you know [sense-specific] | you never know [sense-specific] | in the know [sense-specific] | deliberate [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

suggesting secret information or knowledge | wise, shrewd, or clever | deliberate; intentional | See "there is no knowing" | [intransitive] to be or ... (20 of 705 words, 18 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/knowing

know | I know what [sense-specific] | know what's what [sense-specific] | you know [sense-specific] | you never know [sense-specific] | in the know [sense-specific] | knowable [adjective, derived]

[intransitive] to be or feel certain of the truth or accuracy of (a fact, etc) | to be acquainted or familiar with | to have a familiarity or grasp ... (27 of 658 words, 14 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Merriam-Webster:

knowing [entry 1, noun] | acquaintance [synonym] | cognizance [synonym] | wised-up [sense-specific]

"acquaintance", "cognizance" (2 of 14 words)

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know [entry 1, verb] | knew [past tense] | known [past participle] | knowing [present participle] | know from | weet [archaic] | wis [archaic] | wist [archaic] | comprehend [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to perceive directly; have direct cognition of ; to have understanding of ; ... | to be aware of the truth or factuality of; be convinced or certain ... (27 of 307 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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knowing [entry 2, adjective] | cognitive [synonym, sense-specific] | deliberate [synonym, sense-specific] | astute [synonym, sense-specific] | hip [synonym, sense-specific] | wise [synonym, sense-specific] | unknowing [antonym, sense-specific] | alerted [similar, sense-specific] | aware [similar, sense-specific] | ...

having or reflecting knowledge, information, or intelligence | shrewdly and keenly alert; "astute" ; indicating possession of exclusive inside ... (18 of 136 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples)

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know [entry 2, noun] | in the know | well-informed [synonym, sense-specific] | knowledge [synonym, sense-specific] | broadly [synonym, sense-specific]

"knowledge" | "in the know": in possession of exclusive knowledge or information; broadly; "well-informed" (13 of 32 words, 2 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

knowing | there is no knowing | knowingness [derived]

showing or suggesting that one has knowledge or awareness that is secret or known to only a few people | [insulting] : experienced or shrewd, ... (24 of 108 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/knowing

know | knew [past tense] | known [past participle] | before one knows it | goodness | heaven | otherwise | about | make something | ...

[with clause] : be aware of through observation, inquiry, or information | have knowledge or information concerning | be absolutely certain or sure ... (21 of 1122 words, 55 definitions, 39 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Wikipedia:

Knowing [disambiguation]

may refer to: Knowledge | "Knowing", a song by OutKast from their 2003 album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below | Knowing (film), a 2009 science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas and starring Nicolas Cage and Rose Byrne | The Knowing, an album by the ... (40 of 87 words, 4 definitions)

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Knowledge

a familiarity with someone or something, which can include facts, information, descriptions, or skills acquired through experience or education. It can refer to the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. It can be implicit or explicit; it... (38 of 4037 words, 4 images)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

knowing

a knowing expression or action shows that you know about something (11 of 39 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/knowing

know [never progressive] | knew [past tense] | known [past participle] | knowing [present participle] | knows [3rd-person singular present] | as we know it | as you know | for all I know | get to know | ...

[intransitive/transitive] to have learned or found out about something ; ... | [transitive] to be familiar with someone, because you have met them or ... (23 of 1218 words, 41 definitions, 61 usage examples, pronunciation)

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know [noun] | in the know

"in the know": people in the know have more information about something than other people (15 of 45 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

knowing

affecting, implying, or deliberately revealing shrewd knowledge of secret or private information. | that knows; having knowledge or information; ... (18 of 38 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/knowing

know | knew [past tense] | known [past participle] | knowing [present participle] | knowed [entry 1, non-standard, past tense] | know the ropes [sense-specific] | in the know [sense-specific]

to perceive or understand as fact or truth; to apprehend clearly and with certainty. | to have established or fixed in the mind or memory. | to be ... (26 of 216 words, 13 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

knowing | knowingly [adverb, related] | knowingness [noun, related]

Possessing knowledge, information, or understanding. | Showing clever awareness and resourcefulness; shrewd. | Suggestive of secret or private ... (16 of 37 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/knowing

know | knew [past tense] | known [present participle] | knowing [3rd-person singular present] | knowed [southern United States, past tense] | knowable [adjective, related] | knower [noun, related]

To perceive directly; grasp in the mind with clarity or certainty. | To regard as true beyond doubt | To have a practical understanding of, as through ... (25 of 152 words, 12 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

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New World Dictionary:

knowing | knowingly [adverb, related] | knowingness [noun, related]

having knowledge or information | shrewd; clever | implying shrewd understanding or possession of secret or inside information | deliberate; ... (17 of 29 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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know | knew [past tense] | known [present participle] | knowable [adjective, related] | knower [noun, related]

to have a clear perception or understanding of; be sure of or well informed about | to be aware or cognizant of; have perceived or learned | to have a ... (28 of 156 words, 10 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

knowing | intelligent [synonym, sense-specific] | Deliberate [synonym, sense-specific]

Possessing knowledge or understanding; intelligent. | Shrewd or showing clever awareness. | Suggestive of private knowledge. | Deliberate | Present participle of know. (19 of 25 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/knowing

know | knows [plural] | knew [past tense] | knowed [dialect, past tense] | known [past participle, past tense] | knowen [past participle, past tense] | knowing [present participle] | Knowledge [synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive] To be certain or sure about. | [transitive] To be acquainted or familiar with; to have encountered. | [transitive, also intransitive followed by about or, dialectally, from] To have knowledge of; to have memorised information, data, or... (36 of 152 words, 8 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

knowing

showing that you know about something, even when it has not been talked about (14 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/knowing

know [entry 1] | knew [past tense] | known [past participle]

to have information in your mind | used to ask someone to tell you a piece of information | to be certain (20 of 194 words, 3 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/know 1

know [entry 2] | knew [past tense] | known [past participle] | know about | know how to do something | get to know someone/something | get to know someone | get to know something | know someone by name | ...

to be familiar with or have experience and understanding of | ("know about") If you know a subject, you are familiar with it and understand it | If ... (26 of 275 words, 8 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/know 2

know [entry 3, informal] | be in the know

to have knowledge about something which most people do not have (11 of 38 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Encarta Dictionary:

knowing | knowingly [adverb, derived] | knowingness [noun, derived]

suggesting that somebody knows a secret or something that others are unaware of | aware of things and able to act cleverly and judge shrewdly | having ... (25 of 58 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861624341​/definition​.html  [offline]

know | knew [past tense] | known [past participle] | knowing [present participle] | knows [3rd-person singular present]

to have information firmly in the mind or committed to memory | to believe firmly in the truth or certainty of something | to be or become aware of ... (27 of 455 words, 8 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861624338​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

knowing | know

Origin: Old English gecnāwan; related to Old Norse knā I can, Latin noscere to come to know

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/knowing

Online Etymology:

know

Origin: Old English cnawan (class VII strong verb; past tense cneow, past participle cnawen), from Proto-Germanic *knoeanan ... (16 of 169 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

know | knew [past tense] | known [past participle] | before one knows it | goodness | heaven | otherwise | about | make something | ...

Origin: Old English cnāwan (earlier gecnāwan) "recognize, identify", ... | sense-specific: a Hebraism which has passed into modern languages; ... (17 of 48 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/know

Wiktionary:

know | knows [plural] | knew [past tense] | knowed [dialect, past tense] | known [past participle, past tense] | knowen [past participle, past tense] | knowing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English knowen, from Old English cnāwan ("to know, perceive, recognise"), from Proto-Germanic *knēaną ("to know"), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵneh3- ("to know"). Cognate with Scots knaw ("to... (26 of 37 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

know | knew [past tense] | known [present participle]

Origin: Middle English knowen from Old English cnawan, akin to Old High German -cnāhan from Indo-European base *ĝen-, ... (17 of 30 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

know | knew [past tense] | known [present participle] | knowing [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English knouen, from Old English cnāwan; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.

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Merriam-Webster:

know [entry 1, verb] | knew [past tense] | known [past participle] | knowing [present participle]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English cnāwan; akin to Old High German bichnāan to recognize, Latin gnoscere, noscere to come to know, Greek gignōskein

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Encarta Dictionary:

know | knew [past tense] | known [past participle] | knowing [present participle] | knows [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old English cnāwan from Indo-European

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861624338​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

knowing

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "knowing"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/knowing

know | knows [plural] | knew [past tense] | knowed [dialect, past tense] | known [past participle, past tense] | knowen [past participle, past tense] | knowing [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "know"

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Collins Dictionary:

knowing | know

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know

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

knowing

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know [never progressive] | knew [past tense] | known [past participle] | knowing [present participle] | knows [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "know"

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know [noun]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

knowing

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www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/knowing

know [never progressive, verb] | knew [past tense] | known [past participle] | knowing [present participle] | knows [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "know"

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know [noun]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

knowing

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dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/knowing

know [entry 2] | knew [past tense] | known [past participle]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "know"

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the Free Dictionary:

knowing

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know

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Google Dictionary:

knowing

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know | knew [past tense] | known [past participle] | knowing [present participle] | knows [3rd-person singular present]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

knowing

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know

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YourDictionary Audio:

knowing

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freedictionary.org:

Knowing

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