[ ken ]
/ kɛn /
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.
- to know, have knowledge of or about, or be acquainted with (a person or thing).
- to understand or perceive (an idea or situation).
Scots Law. to acknowledge as heir; recognize by a judicial act.
Archaic. to see; descry; recognize.
British Dialect, Archaic.
- to declare, acknowledge, or confess (something).
- to teach, direct, or guide (someone).
verb (used without object), kenned or kent, ken·ning.
- to have knowledge of something.
- to understand.
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/ (kɛn) /
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)
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