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ken

[ ken ]
/ kɛn /
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noun
knowledge, understanding, or cognizance; mental perception: an idea beyond one's ken.
range of sight or vision.
verb (used with object), kenned or kent, ken·ning.
verb (used without object), kenned or kent, ken·ning.
British Dialect.
  1. to have knowledge of something.
  2. to understand.
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Origin of ken

First recorded before 900; Middle English kennen “to make known, see, know,” Old English cennan “to make known, declare”; cognate with Old Norse kenna, German kennen; akin to can1,know1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ken

ken , kin

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Other definitions for ken (2 of 3)

Ken
[ ken ]
/ kɛn /

noun
a male given name, form of Kendall or Kenneth.

Other definitions for ken (3 of 3)

Ken.

abbreviation
Kentucky.
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British Dictionary definitions for ken (1 of 2)

ken
/ (kɛn) /

noun
range of knowledge or perception (esp in the phrases beyond or in one's ken)
verb kens, kenning, kenned or kent (kɛnt)
Scot and Northern English dialect to know
Scot and Northern English dialect to understand; perceive
(tr) archaic to see

Word Origin for ken

Old English cennan; related to Old Norse kenna to perceive, Old High German kennen to make known; see can 1

British Dictionary definitions for ken (2 of 2)

Ken.

abbreviation for
Kentucky
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