- 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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- (tr) to perceive, become aware of, or know
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Word Origin and History for cognizer
1650s, back-formation from cognizance. Related: Cognized; cognizing.
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