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  1. knowledge of how to do something; faculty or skill for a particular activity; expertise: Designing a computer requires a lot of know-how.
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Origin of know-how

1830–40, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase know how
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Related Words for know-hows

proficiency, knowledge, ingenuity, background, wisdom, capability, expertise, aptitude, ability, dexterity, expertness, art, adroitness, experience, craft, command, faculty, savoir-faire, knack, flair

British Dictionary definitions for know-hows


noun informal
  1. ingenuity, aptitude, or skill; knack
  2. commercial and saleable knowledge of how to do a particular thing; experience
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