creating, involving, using, or disseminating special knowledge or information: A computer expert can always find a good job in the knowledge industry.

Nearby words

  1. knowe,
  2. knowed,
  3. knowhow,
  4. knowing,
  5. knowingly,
  6. knowledge economy,
  7. knowledge engineering,
  8. knowledge is power,
  9. knowledge worker,
  10. knowledge-based system


    to one's knowledge, according to the information available to one: To my knowledge he hasn't been here before.

Origin of knowledge

1250–1300; Middle English knouleche, equivalent to know(en) to know1 + -leche, perhaps akin to Old English -lāc suffix denoting action or practice, cognate with Old Norse (-)leikr; cf. wedlock

SYNONYMS FOR knowledge
1. See information. 4. understanding, discernment, comprehension; erudition, scholarship.

Related formsknow·ledge·less, adjectivepre·knowl·edge, nounsu·per·knowl·edge, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for know-ledge

British Dictionary definitions for know-ledge



the facts, feelings or experiences known by a person or group of people
the state of knowing
awareness, consciousness, or familiarity gained by experience or learning
erudition or informed learning
specific information about a subject
sexual intercourse (obsolete except in the legal phrase carnal knowledge)
come to one's knowledge to become known to one
to my knowledge
  1. as I understand it
  2. as I know
grow out of one's knowledge Irish to behave in a presumptuous or conceited manner
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Word Origin and History for know-ledge



early 12c., cnawlece "acknowledgment of a superior, honor, worship;" for first element see know. Second element obscure, perhaps from Scandinavian and cognate with the -lock "action, process," found in wedlock. Meaning "capacity for knowing, understanding; familiarity; fact of knowing" is late 14c. Sense of "an organized body of facts or teachings" is from c.1400, as is that of "sexual intercourse." Also a verb in Middle English, knoulechen "acknowledge" (c.1200), later "find out about; recognize," and "to have sexual intercourse with" (c.1300).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with know-ledge


see little knowledge is a dangerous thing; to the best of (one's knowledge).

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