- to perceive; become conscious of; know.
Also especially British, cog·nise.
Origin of cognize
First recorded in 1650–60; back formation from cognizance
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Examples from the Web for cognize
Thus we cognize only the necessity of effects in nature, the causes of which are given us.
Still, you could not cognize in concreto the object of your ideas in any experience.
To think an object and to cognize an object are by no means the same thing.
By attribute, I understand that by which I cognize any mode of existence.A Few Words About the Devil
To know or cognize is, to know the Cause; when we know the Cause, we are satisfied with our cognition.Aristotle
- (tr) to perceive, become aware of, or know
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Word Origin and History for cognize
1650s, back-formation from cognizance. Related: Cognized; cognizing.
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