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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


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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