verb (used with object), knew, known, know·ing.
verb (used without object), knew, known, know·ing.
Origin of know1
Synonyms for know
noun Scot. and North England.
Related Words for knownotice, recognize, appreciate, perceive, experience, see, have, learn, realize, feel, identify, ken, discriminate, prize, apprehend, fathom, comprehend, grasp, differentiate, distinguish
Examples from the Web for know
Contemporary Examples of know
They know they will face either a swift backlash or deafening silence.
What they say is, ‘We don’t approve of violence, but you know what?Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’
January 8, 2015
No one seems to know who that is—or why they would want to do such a thing.
I mean, physically, mentally, you know, in every way, shape, and form.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
Instead, the man and woman in the truck wanted to know where the crash site was and whether would I show them.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods
January 7, 2015
Historical Examples of know
You know that Milbrey girl must get her effrontery direct from where they make it.
Without reasons I was sure of, you know, so there could be no chance of any mistake.
I know that I have spoken of him as I ought not to have spoken.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I know it all by heart—all the things to say to a man on the downward path.
Don't mind him, dad—I know all about it, I tell you—I'll explain later to you.
verb knows, knowing, knew (njuː) or known (nəʊn) (mainly tr)
Word Origin for know
Old English cnawan (class VII strong verb; past tense cneow, past participle cnawen), "to know, perceive; acknowledge, declare," from Proto-Germanic *knew- (cf. Old High German bi-chnaan, ir-chnaan "to know"), from PIE root *gno- "to know" (cf. Old Persian xšnasatiy "he shall know;" Old Church Slavonic znati, Russian znat "to know;" Latin gnoscere; Greek *gno-, as in gignoskein; Sanskrit jna- "know"). Once widespread in Germanic, this form is now retained only in English, where however it has widespread application, covering meanings that require two or more verbs in other languages (e.g. German wissen, kennen, erkennen and in part können; French connaître, savoir; Latin novisse, cognoscere; Old Church Slavonic znaja, vemi). The Anglo-Saxons used two distinct words for this, witan (see wit) and cnawan.
Meaning "to have sexual intercourse with" is attested from c.1200, from the Old Testament. To not know one's ass from one's elbow is from 1930. To know better "to have learned from experience" is from 1704. You know as a parenthetical filler is from 1712, but it has roots in 14c. To know too much (to be allowed to live, escape, etc.) is from 1872. As an expression of surprise, what do you know attested by 1914.
"inside information" (as in in the know), 1883; earlier "fact of knowing" (1590s), from know (v.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with know
- know all the answers
- know a thing or two
- know beans
- know better
- know by heart
- know by sight
- know enough to come in out of the rain
- know from Adam
- know if one is coming or going
- know it all
- know like a book
- know one's own mind
- know one's place
- know one's stuff
- know one's way around
- know only too well
- know the ropes
- know the score
- know where one stands
- know which side of one's bread is buttered
- before you know it
- (know) by heart
- come in out of the rain, know enough to
- coming or going, know if one's
- for all (I know)
- god knows
- (know) inside out
- in the know
- it takes one to know one
- left hand doesn't know what right hand is doing
- not know beans
- not know from Adam
- not know where to turn
- not know which way to jump
- thing or two, know
- what do you know
- what have you (who knows what)
- which is which, know
- you know