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English noun: know

1. know (cognition) the fact of being aware of information that is known to few people


SamplesHe is always in the know.


Broader (hypernym)knowing


English verb: know

1. know (cognition) be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about


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


ExamplesSam and Sue know


Synonymscognise, cognize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Narrower (hyponym)agnise, agnize, keep track, realise, realize, recognise, recognize


Verb groupknow


Antonymsignore

2. know (cognition) know how to do or perform something


SamplesShe knows how to knit.
Does your husband know how to cook?.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Narrower (hyponym)be on the ball, be with it, control, get the hang, know the score, know what's going on, know what's what, master, master

3. know (cognition) be aware of the truth of something; have a belief or faith in something; regard as true beyond any doubt


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


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Narrower (hyponym)anticipate, foreknow, foresee, previse


Verb groupcognise, cognize, know

4. know (cognition) be familiar or acquainted with a person or an object


SamplesShe 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.


ExamplesThey know themselves


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Verb groupknow

5. know (cognition) have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations


SamplesI 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.


ExamplesThese men know the river


Synonymsexperience, live


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)experience, go through, see


Narrower (hyponym)live over, relive, taste

6. know (cognition) accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority


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


Synonymsacknowledge, recognise, recognize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)accept

7. know (cognition) have fixed in the mind


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


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)have down

8. know (contact) have sexual intercourse with


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


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


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)copulate, couple, mate, pair


Narrower (hyponym)fornicate, have, take


Verb groupmake out, neck

9. know (cognition) know the nature or character of


SamplesWe all knew her as a big show-off.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)agnise, agnize, realise, realize, recognise, recognize

10. know (cognition) be able to distinguish, recognize as being different


SamplesThe child knows right from wrong.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)differentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart

11. know (cognition) perceive as familiar


SamplesI know this voice!.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)call back, call up, recall, recollect, remember, retrieve, think


Verb groupknow









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