- acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition: knowledge of many things.
- familiarity or conversance, as with a particular subject or branch of learning: A knowledge of accounting was necessary for the job.
- acquaintance or familiarity gained by sight, experience, or report: a knowledge of human nature.
- the fact or state of knowing; the perception of fact or truth; clear and certain mental apprehension.
- awareness, as of a fact or circumstance: He had knowledge of her good fortune.
- something that is or may be known; information: He sought knowledge of her activities.
- the body of truths or facts accumulated in the course of time.
- the sum of what is known: Knowledge of the true situation is limited.
- Archaic. sexual intercourse.Compare carnal knowledge.
- creating, involving, using, or disseminating special knowledge or information: A computer expert can always find a good job in the knowledge industry.
- to one's knowledge, according to the information available to one: To my knowledge he hasn't been here before.
Origin of knowledge
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Related Words for knowledgephilosophy, ability, power, intelligence, insight, familiarity, wisdom, proficiency, know-how, recognition, learning, science, grasp, expertise, education, judgment, observation, awareness, theory, consciousness
Examples from the Web for knowledge
Contemporary Examples of knowledge
“To my knowledge, there was no formal consultation done with the tribes on this policy,” says Eid.Tribes to U.S. Government: Take Your Weed and Shove It
December 13, 2014
The consensus leans toward forbidding it, though some people of knowledge think it permissible.ISIS Jihadis Get ‘Slavery for Dummies’
December 9, 2014
They are not locked into the whims of those more powerful, because their knowledge and abilities open doors.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More
December 9, 2014
But there are dozens of new gadgets that reinforce the idea that knowledge is power.Nothing Says I Love You Like Data
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
When certain conditions improved for African-Americans, they mobilized around the knowledge that others had not.Dear GOP: Fix the Damn Justice System!
December 7, 2014
Historical Examples of knowledge
But for the knowledge that he was a prisoner, Robert would have enjoyed his present situation.Brave and Bold
And to tempt him there was this new mystery, this knowledge that he could not miss.Way of the Lawless
We summon all our knowledge of the past and we scan all signs of the future.
So I said I didn't love her to save her from the knowledge of this horror.Viviette
William J. Locke
My mind was the richer merely by the knowledge that it was there.The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
- 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
- as I understand it
- as I know
- grow out of one's knowledge Irish to behave in a presumptuous or conceited manner
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).
see little knowledge is a dangerous thing; to the best of (one's knowledge).