Know - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |noʊ|  American pronunciation of the word know
Brit.  |nəʊ|  British pronunciation of the word know
irregular verb:  p.t. — knew  p.p. — known
- the fact of being aware of information that is known to few people
- be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about (syn: cognize)
- know how to do or perform something
- be aware of the truth of something; have a belief or faith in something; regard as true beyond any doubt
- be familiar or acquainted with a person or an object
- have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations (syn: experience, live)
- accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority (syn: acknowledge, recognize)
- have fixed in the mind
- have sexual intercourse with (syn: bang, bed, bonk, fuck, hump, jazz, love, make out, screw)
- know the nature or character of
- be able to distinguish, recognize as being different
- perceive as familiar


He knows a lot about the history of the town.

Do you know the answer?

I don't know her name.

Do you know what time it is?

I don't know the words to that song.

They knew a good deal about the problem.

She knows the rules of the game.

If you want the answer, ask someone who knows.

I don't know much about art, but I know what I like.

She knows that many people will not believe her.

I knew him at once.

They are neighbours of ours, but we do not know them.

He just knew the bell of the church from the organ.

Those lads knew real trouble.

I knew at once that I had made a powerful impression on Julia.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: know
he/she/it: knows
present participle: knowing
past tense: knew
past participle: known
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