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).
- 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.
Origin of ken
Examples from the Web for kenned
I kenned it would end that way—and it is e'en this way that it should end!Red Cap Tales|Samuel Rutherford Crockett
The very name, said she, and if I kenned whaur he lived I would send the box to him.At War with Society or, Tales of the Outcasts|James McLevy
You kenned well 'tis a thing not to be done and at your age; ye should have minded your duties better.'The Two Sides of the Shield|Charlotte M. Yonge
At your age I had kenned the bride-bed, and the birth-bed, and o' but kenned the death-bed.Barbara Lynn|Emily J. Jenkinson
“I kenned by this time what he was to be at,” said John to Allison, when he had got thus far.Allison Bain|Margaret Murray Robertson
verb kens, kenning, kenned or kent (kɛnt)
Word Origin for ken
"to know," Scottish dialect, from Old English cennan "make known, declare, acknowledge" (in late Old English also "to know"), originally "make to know," causative of cunnan "to become acquainted with, to know" (see can (v.)). Cognate with German kennen, Danish kjende, Swedish känna. Related: Kenned; kenning.
"house where thieves meet," 1560s, vagabonds' slang, probably a shortening of kennel.
"range of sight," 1580s, a nautical abbreviation of kenning.