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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Know \Know\, verb (used without an object)

1. To have knowledge; to have a clear and certain perception; to possess wisdom, instruction, or information; -- often with of.

Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. --Is. i. 3.

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. --John vii. 17.

The peasant folklore of Europe still knows of willows that bleed and weep and speak when hewn. --Tylor.

2. To be assured; to feel confident.

{To know of}, to ask, to inquire. [Obs.] " Know of your youth, examine well your blood." --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Know \Know\ (n[=o]), noun Knee. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Know \Know\ (n[=o]), verb (used with an object) [imp. {Knew} (n[=u]); p. p. {Known} (n[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Knowing}.] [OE. knowen, knawen, AS. cn[aum]wan; akin to OHG. chn[aum]an (in comp.), Icel. kn[aum] to be able, Russ. znate to know, L. gnoscere, noscere, Gr. gighw'skein, Skr. jn[=a]; fr. the root of E. can, verb (used without an object), ken. [root]45. See {Ken}, {Can} to be able, and cf. {Acquaint}, {Cognition}, {Gnome}, {Ignore}, {Noble}, {Note}.]

1. To perceive or apprehend clearly and certainly; to understand; to have full information of; as, to know one's duty.

O, that a man might know The end of this day's business ere it come! --Shak.

There is a certainty in the proposition, and we know it. --Dryden.

Know how sublime a thing it is To suffer and be strong. --Longfellow.

2. To be convinced of the truth of; to be fully assured of; as, to know things from information.

3. To be acquainted with; to be no stranger to; to be more or less familiar with the person, character, etc., of; to possess experience of; as, to know an author; to know the rules of an organization.

He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin. --2 Cor. v. 21.

Not to know me argues yourselves unknown. --Milton.

4. To recognize; to distinguish; to discern the character of; as, to know a person's face or figure.

Ye shall know them by their fruits. --Matt. vil. 16.

And their eyes were opened, and they knew him. --Luke xxiv. 31.

To know Faithful friend from flattering foe. --Shak.

At nearer view he thought he knew the dead. --Flatman.

5. To have sexual intercourse with.

And Adam knew Eve his wife. --Gen. iv. 1.

Note: Know is often followed by an objective and an infinitive (with or without to) or a participle, a dependent sentence, etc.

And I knew that thou hearest me always. --John xi. 42.

The monk he instantly knew to be the prior. --Sir W. Scott.

In other hands I have known money do good. --Dickens.

{To know how}, to understand the manner, way, or means; to have requisite information, intelligence, or sagacity. How is sometimes omitted. " If we fear to die, or know not to be patient." --Jer. Taylor.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

know

noun

1: the fact of being aware of information that is known to few people; "he is always in the know"

verb

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" [syn: {know}, {cognize}, {cognise}] [ant: {ignore}]

2: know 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"; "This flower is known as a Peruvian Lily"

5: have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations; "I know the feeling!"; "have you ever known hunger?"; "I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict"; "The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare"; "I lived through two divorces" [syn: {know}, {experience}, {live}]

6: accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority; "The Crown Prince was acknowledged as the true heir to the throne"; "We do not recognize your gods" [syn: {acknowledge}, {recognize}, {recognise}, {know}]

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: have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever intimate with this man?" [syn: {sleep together}, {roll in the hay}, {love}, {make out}, {make love}, {sleep with}, {get laid}, {have sex}, {know}, {do it}, {be intimate}, {have intercourse}, {have it away}, {have it off}, {screw}, {fuck}, {jazz}, {eff}, {hump}, {lie with}, {bed}, {have a go at it}, {bang}, {get it on}, {bonk}]

9: know the nature or character of; "we all knew her as a big show-off"

10: be able to distinguish, recognize as being different; "The child knows right from wrong"

11: perceive as familiar; "I know this voice!"


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