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cognize

[kog-nahyz]
verb (used with object), cog·nized, cog·niz·ing.
  1. to perceive; become conscious of; know.
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Also especially British, cog·nise.

Origin of cognize

First recorded in 1650–60; back formation from cognizance
Related formscog·niz·er, nounpre·cog·nize, verb (used with object), pre·cog·nized, pre·cog·niz·ing.un·cog·nized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cognizer

cognize

cognise

verb
  1. (tr) to perceive, become aware of, or know
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Word Origin and History for cognizer

cognize

v.

1650s, back-formation from cognizance. Related: Cognized; cognizing.

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