[ kog-nish-uh n ]
/ kɒgˈnɪʃ ən /


the act or process of knowing; perception.
the product of such a process; something thus known, perceived, etc.

Origin of cognition

1375–1425; late Middle English cognicioun < Latin cognitiōn- (stem of cognitiō), equivalent to cognit(us), past participle of cognōscere (co- co- + gni-, variant stem of gnōscere, nōscere, to learn (see know1) + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion


cog·ni·tion·al, adjectivenon·cog·ni·tion, nounself-cog·ni·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cognition

/ (kɒɡˈnɪʃən) /


the mental act or process by which knowledge is acquired, including perception, intuition, and reasoning
the knowledge that results from such an act or process

Derived forms of cognition

cognitional, adjective

Word Origin for cognition

C15: from Latin cognitiō, from cognōscere from co- (intensive) + nōscere to learn; see know
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Medical definitions for cognition

[ kŏg-nĭshən ]


The mental faculty of knowing, which includes perceiving, recognizing, conceiving, judging, reasoning, and imagining.
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Scientific definitions for cognition

[ kŏg-nĭshən ]

The mental process of knowing, including awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment.
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