Kent

[ kent ]
/ kɛnt /

noun

Definition for kent (2 of 2)

ken

[ ken ]
/ kɛn /

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.

Origin of ken

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

Can be confused

ken kin
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British Dictionary definitions for kent (1 of 4)

kent

/ (kɛnt) /

verb

a past tense and past participle of ken

British Dictionary definitions for kent (2 of 4)

Kent

1
/ (kɛnt) /

noun

a county of SE England, on the English Channel: the first part of Great Britain to be colonized by the Romans; one of the seven kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England until absorbed by Wessex in the 9th century ad . Apart from the Downs it is mostly low-lying and agricultural, specializing in fruit and hops. The Medway towns of Rochester and Gillingham became an independent unitary authority in 1998. Administrative centre: Maidstone. Pop (excluding Medway): 1 348 800 (2003 est). Area (excluding Medway): 3526 sq km (1361 sq miles)

British Dictionary definitions for kent (3 of 4)

Kent

2
/ (kɛnt) /

noun

William. ?1685–1748, English architect, landscape gardener, and interior designer

British Dictionary definitions for kent (4 of 4)

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
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