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Know is sometimes a misspelling of knocked, knowing, no or now.

The word know is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun know

What does know mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: knows

  1. the fact of being aware of information that is known to few people
    • example: he is always in the know
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: knowing = a clear and certain mental apprehension

Alternative definition of the noun know


  1. See knowledge.

Definition of the verb know

What does know mean as a doing word?

Know is the 9th most common verb. It is used mostly in speech, being the 3rd most common verb in spoken English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about
    • examples: I know that the President lied to the people | I want to know who is winning the game! | I know it's time | Sam and Sue know
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, object control with -ing]He characterized him as being smart
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, small clause]He characterized him to be smart
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause]He characterized him as smart
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, how-extraction]He described how he could rise to high office
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, wh-infinitive clause]He described how to do it

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): characterize, conceive, see, view.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of know: cognise / cognize
    • antonym of know: ignore
    • more specific terms:
  2. know how to do or perform something
  3. be aware of the truth of something; have a belief or faith in something; regard as true beyond any doubt
    • example: I know that I left the key on the table
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more specific words: anticipate / foreknow / foresee / previse = realize beforehand
  4. be familiar or acquainted with a person or an object
    • examples: She doesn't know this composer | Do you know my sister? | We know this movie | I know him under a different name | They know themselves
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
  5. have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
    • examples: I know the feeling! | These men know the river
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of know: experience / live
    • more generic terms: experience / go through / see = undergo or live through a difficult experience
    • more specific terms:
  6. accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
  7. have fixed in the mind
    • examples: I know Latin | This student knows her irregular verbs | Do you know the poem well enough to recite it?
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more specific term: have down = have (something) mastered
  8. have sexual intercourse with
  9. know the nature or character of
  10. be able to distinguish, recognize as being different
  11. perceive as familiar

Alternative definition of the verb know


  1. [transitive] To be certain or sure about.
  2. [transitive] To be acquainted or familiar with; to have encountered.
  3. [transitive, also intransitive followed by 'about' or, dialectically, 'from'] To have knowledge of; to have memorised information, data, or facts about.
  4. [transitive] To understand (a subject).
  5. [transitive] To be informed about.
  6. [transitive] To experience.
  7. [transitive, archaic, biblical] To have sexual relations with.


Know is a musical group.


  1. "Know" is a composition.
  2. "Know" is a musical EP of Love Cult.
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  3. "Know" is a musical album of K.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  4. "Know" is a musical EP of The Malarians.
    • released in (28 years ago)
  5. "Know" is a composition.


Know a.k.a. US Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles is located at the end of the Ediz Hook peninsula in Port Angeles, Washington, above the Olympic National Park.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Know

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Google previewThe Man Plan (2009)

Drive Men Wild-- Not Away by Whitney Casey

First thing to know is that there are two main culprits working in your body when it comes to losing your cool: the eccrine and apocrine glands (your sweat glands). Those suckers stick together when it comes to not smelling so swell. But one ...

Google previewCleft Lip and Palate (1990)

Long-term Results and Future Prospects : Proceedings of the First International Meeting of the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain by Craniofacial Society Of Great Britain

The important thing to know is that you have a pure case here; a group of children with congenital anomalies that have not been influenced by extraneous factors. The resultant dysplasia shows hypoplasia of tissue perhaps, displacement of ...

Google previewThe Secret (2008)

by Rhonda Byrne

The first thing to know is that if you focus on losing weight, you will attract back having to lose more weight, so get “having to lose weight” out of your mind. It's the very reason why diets don't work. Because you are focused on losing weight, you ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Kalispel Or Flat-head Indian Language (1879)

by Joseph Giorda

Kae-miipstuegui, We find out one another, we come to know one another; as two that find out that they are relations, or old acquaintances forgotten, id. as 'Kae- sgunuegni.' 2. Scnsv, scriptural), de mutun cnpnla. Irs nemielsem, nemielsemen ...

Google previewD-Day Encyclopedia (2014)

Everything You Want to Know About the Normandy Invasion by Barrett Tillman

Everything You Want to Know About the Normandy Invasion Barrett Tillman. “This encyclopedia is an extraordinary contribution to the literature of D-Day. Thoroughly researched, engagingly presented, and filled with useful insights, comments, ...

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Usage statistics about know

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb know:

spoken English81.47%written English18.53% conversational speech64.23%task-oriented speech35.77% imaginative writing79.74%informational writing20.26%

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To know and know that you know, not to know and know that you don't know, that is to know.
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Scrabble value of K5N1O1W4

The value of this 4-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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