Know v. t. [imp. Knew p. p. Known p. pr. & vb. n. Knowing.]
1. To perceive or apprehend clearly and certainly; to understand; to have full information of; as, to know one's duty.
O, that a man might know
The end of this day's business ere it come! --Shak.
There is a certainty in the proposition, and we know it. --Dryden.
Know how sublime a thing it is
To suffer and be strong. --Longfellow.
2. To be convinced of the truth of; to be fully assured of; as, to know things from information.
3. To be acquainted with; to be no stranger to; to be more or less familiar with the person, character, etc., of; to possess experience of; as, to know an author; to know the rules of an organization.
He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin. --2 Cor. v. 21.
Not to know me argues yourselves unknown. --Milton.
4. To recognize; to distinguish; to discern the character of; as, to know a person's face or figure.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. --Matt. vil. 16.
And their eyes were opened, and they knew him. --Luke xxiv. 31.
Faithful friend from flattering foe. --Shak.
At nearer view he thought he knew the dead. --Flatman.
5. To have sexual intercourse with.
And Adam knew Eve his wife. --Gen. iv. 1.
Note: ☞ Know is often followed by an objective and an infinitive (with or without to) or a participle, a dependent sentence, etc.
And I knew that thou hearest me always. --John xi. 42.
The monk he instantly knew to be the prior. --Sir W. Scott.
In other hands I have known money do good. --Dickens.
To know how, to understand the manner, way, or means; to have requisite information, intelligence, or sagacity. How is sometimes omitted. “ If we fear to die, or know not to be patient.”
Known p. p. of Know.
v 1: be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of
information; possess knowledge or information about; "I
know that the President lied to the people"; "I want to
know who is winning the game!"; "I know it's time" [syn:
cognize, cognise] [ant: ignore]
2: know how to do or perform something; "She knows how to
knit"; "Does your husband know how to cook?"
3: be aware of the truth of something; have a belief or faith
in something; regard as true beyond any doubt; "I know
that I left the key on the table"; "Galileo knew that the
earth moves around the sun"
4: be familiar or acquainted with a person or an object; "She
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"
5: have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or
sensations; "I 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" [syn: experience, live]
6: accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power
and authority; "The Crown Prince was acknowledged as the
true heir to the throne"; "We do not recognize your gods"
[syn: acknowledge, recognize, recognise]
7: have fixed in the mind; "I know Latin"; "This student knows
her irregular verbs"; "Do you know the poem well enough to
8: have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with
everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever
intimate with this man?" [syn: roll in the hay, love,
make out, make love, sleep with, get laid, have
sex, do it, be intimate, have intercourse, have it
away, have it off, screw, fuck, jazz, eff, hump,
lie with, bed, have a go at it, bang, get it on,
9: know the nature or character of; "we all knew her as a big
10: be able to distinguish, recognize as being different; "The
child knows right from wrong"
11: perceive as familiar; "I know this voice!"
[also: known, knew]
adj : apprehended with certainty; "a known quantity"; "the limits
of the known world"; "a musician known throughout the
world"; "a known criminal" [ant: unknown]