- 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 cognise
It is by the breaks, the turnings in the road that we cognise its course.Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge
But to cognise how great it is always requires some other magnitude as a measure.
I therefore ascribe this property to man as a property by means of which I cognise him.
So that before we can speak of bodies, we must first cognise our own.The Reform of Education
Does it not seem as though, since the motions or states are all that we cognise, they should be all that we need take account of?The Note-Books of Samuel Butler
- (tr) to perceive, become aware of, or know
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Word Origin and History for cognise
1650s, back-formation from cognizance. Related: Cognized; cognizing.
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