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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  


don't know  
      n   a person who has not reached a definite opinion on a subject, esp. as a response to a questionnaire  
know-all  
      n  
Informal, disparaging   a person who pretends or appears to know a great deal  
know-how  
      n  
Informal  
1    ingenuity, aptitude, or skill; knack  
2    commercial and saleable knowledge of how to do a particular thing; experience  
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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  

know-it-all 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!

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
abbr. acron.
Short for "just so you know".
[Fam.]
abbr. acron.
Short for "I don't know".
[Fam.]
exp.
acronym of As Far As I Know, from the best of my knowledge, according to the information that I have
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'.
exp.
Abbreviation for "eXamine Your Zipper". To let someone know the zipper on the front of his pants is down.
[US];[Coll.]
exp.
acronym for Let Me Know, as to ask the other party to get back to you
exp.
expression used for letting someone know that he/she should prepare for a difficult or unpleasant upcoming event
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