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know

  

      vb   , knows, knowing, knew   , known   mainly tr  
1    also intr; may take a clause as object   to be or feel certain of the truth or accuracy of (a fact, etc.)  
2    to be acquainted or familiar with  
she's known him five years     
3    to have a familiarity or grasp of, as through study or experience  
he knows French     
4    also intr; may take a clause as object   to understand, be aware of, or perceive (facts, etc.)  
he knows the answer now     
5    foll by: how   to be sure or aware of (how to be or do something)  
6    to experience, esp. deeply  
to know poverty     
7    to be intelligent, informed, or sensible enough (to do something)  
she knew not to go home yet     
8    may take a clause as object   to be able to distinguish or discriminate  
9    Archaic   to have sexual intercourse with  
10    I know what   I have an idea  
11    know what's what   to know how one thing or things in general work  
12    you know  
Informal   a parenthetical filler phrase used to make a pause in speaking or add slight emphasis to a statement  
13    you never know   things are uncertain  
      n  
14    in the know         
Informal   aware or informed  
     (Old English gecnawan; related to Old Norse kna I can, Latin noscere to come to know)  
  knowable      adj  
  knower      n  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
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know

  
1    apprehend, comprehend, experience, fathom, feel certain, ken     (Scot.)   learn, notice, perceive, realize, recognize, see, undergo, understand  
2    associate with, be acquainted with, be familiar with, fraternize with, have dealings with, have knowledge of, recognize  
3    differentiate, discern, distinguish, identify, make out, perceive, recognize, see, tell  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    be ignorant, be unfamiliar with, misunderstand  


know-all     
clever-clogs     (informal)   clever Dick     (informal)   smart aleck     (informal)   smartarse     (slang)   smarty     (informal)   smarty-boots     (informal)   smarty-pants     (informal)   wiseacre, wise guy     (informal)  
know-how     
ability, adroitness, aptitude, capability, craft, dexterity, experience, expertise, faculty, flair, ingenuity, knack, knowledge, proficiency, savoir-faire, skill, talent  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
abbr. acron.
Short for "I don't know".
[Fam.]
abbr. acron.
Short for "just so you know".
[Fam.]
exp.
acronym for Let Me Know, as to ask the other party to get back to you
exp.
Abbreviation for "eXamine Your Zipper". To let someone know the zipper on the front of his pants is down.
[US];[Coll.]
exp.
acronym of As Far As I Know, from the best of my knowledge, according to the information that I have
adj.
pejorative term to qualify a person who pretends or appears to know everything about everything
[Pej.];[Fam.] Ex.: So let's see how Mister 'know-it-all' is going to solve that problem!
exp.
expression used for letting someone know that he/she should prepare for a difficult or unpleasant upcoming event
exp.
used to tell someone that you do not know any more about a subject than they do
Ex: Jill: 'How long should we bake this pie?' Jane: 'Your guess is as good as mine'.
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