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Adjective: knowing  now-ing
  1. Evidencing the possession of inside information
    - wise, wise to
     
  2. Characterized by conscious design or purpose
    "a knowing attempt to defraud";
    - intentional, deliberate
     
  3. Alert and fully informed
    "a knowing collector of rare books";
    - knowledgeable, knowledgable
     
  4. Highly educated; having extensive information or understanding
    "knowing instructors";
    - knowledgeable, learned, lettered, well-educated, well-read, knowledgable, well-versed
Noun: knowing  now-ing
  1. A clear and certain mental apprehension
Verb: know (knew,known)  now
  1. Be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about
    "I know that the President lied to the people"; "I want to know who is winning the game!"; "I know it's time";
    - cognize, cognise [Brit]
     
  2. Be aware of how to do or perform something
    "She knows how to knit"; "Does your husband know how to cook?"
     
  3. Be aware of the truth of something; have a belief or faith in something; regard as true beyond any doubt
    "I know that I left the key on the table"; "Galileo knew that the earth moves around the sun"
     
  4. Be familiar or acquainted with a person or an object
    "She doesn't know this composer"; "Do you know my sister?"; "We know this movie"; "I know him under a different name"
     
  5. Have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
    "I know the feeling!";
    - experience, live
     
  6. Accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
    - acknowledge, recognize, recognise [Brit]
     
  7. Have fixed in the mind
    "I know Latin"; "This student knows her irregular verbs"; "Do you know the poem well enough to recite it?"
     
  8. Know the nature or character of
    "we all knew her as a big show-off"
     
  9. Be able to distinguish, recognize as being different
    "The child knows right from wrong"
     
  10. Perceive as familiar
    "I know this voice!"
     
  11. [archaic] Have sexual intercourse
    "Adam knew Eve";
    - sleep together, love, make out, make love, sleep with, have sex, do it, be intimate, have intercourse, lie with [archaic], bed, have a go at it, get it on, make whoopee, nail [N. Amer]

Derived forms: knowings

See also: educated, informed, intended

Type of: accept, agnise [Brit, archaic], agnize [archaic], call back, call up, copulate, couple, differentiate, distinguish, experience, go through, higher cognitive process, mate, pair, realise [Brit], realize, recall, recognise [Brit], recognize, recollect, remember, retrieve, secern, secernate, see, separate, severalise [Brit], severalize, tell, tell apart, think

Antonym: ignore

Encyclopedia: Knowing

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