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Know appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • You know New York.
    You need New York.
    You know you need unique New York.
  • I wish to wish, I dream to dream, I try to try, and I live to live, and I'd die to die, and I cry to cry but I dont know why.
    (from a song by Soundgarden named "Somewhere", composed and written by Ben Shepherd)
  • I know a boy named Tate
    who dined with his girl at eight eight.
    I'm unable to state what Tate ate at eight eight
    or what Tate's tête à tête ate at eight eight.

Know appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Prodigal lesbians from Venezuela know just exactly how to eat quiche. (58 letters)
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Know appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • I won, Karen, an era know I.
  • Set afire, Con, I, HR wonk, know rhinoceri fates.
  • He won kismetic ire to see esoteric items I know, eh?
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Fun fact! A few hundred years ago, English speakers used to pronounce the "k" sound in the word "know".

Know is sometimes a misspelling of knowing, no, now or knocked.

The word know is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun know

What does know mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: knows

  1. the fact of being aware of information that is known to few people
    • example: he is always in the know
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: knowing = a clear and certain mental apprehension

Alternative definition of the noun know


  1. See knowledge.

Definition of the verb know

What does know mean as a doing word?

Know is the 9th most common verb. It is used mostly in speech, being the 3rd most common verb in spoken English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of information; possess knowledge or information about
    • examples: I know that the President lied to the people | I want to know who is winning the game! | I know it's time | Sam and Sue know
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, object control with -ing]He characterized him as being smart
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, small clause]He characterized him to be smart
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause]He characterized him as smart
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, how-extraction]He described how he could rise to high office
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, wh-infinitive clause]He described how to do it

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): characterize, conceive, see, view.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of know: cognise / cognize
    • antonym of know: ignore
    • more specific terms:
  2. know how to do or perform something
  3. be aware of the truth of something; have a belief or faith in something; regard as true beyond any doubt
    • example: I know that I left the key on the table
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more specific words: anticipate / foreknow / foresee / previse = realize beforehand
  4. be familiar or acquainted with a person or an object
    • examples: She doesn't know this composer | Do you know my sister? | We know this movie | I know him under a different name | They know themselves
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
  5. have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
    • examples: I know the feeling! | These men know the river
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of know: experience / live
    • more generic terms: experience / go through / see = undergo or live through a difficult experience
    • more specific terms:
  6. accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
  7. have fixed in the mind
    • examples: I know Latin | This student knows her irregular verbs | Do you know the poem well enough to recite it?
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more specific term: have down = have (something) mastered
  8. have sexual intercourse with
  9. know the nature or character of
  10. be able to distinguish, recognize as being different
  11. perceive as familiar

Alternative definition of the verb know


  1. [transitive] To be certain or sure about.
  2. [transitive] To be acquainted or familiar with; to have encountered.
  3. [transitive, also intransitive followed by 'about' or, dialectically, 'from'] To have knowledge of; to have memorised information, data, or facts about.
  4. [transitive] To understand (a subject).
  5. [transitive] To be informed about.
  6. [transitive] To experience.
  7. [transitive, archaic, biblical] To have sexual relations with.


Know is a musical group.


  1. "Know" is a composition.
  2. "Know" is a musical EP of Love Cult.
    • released on
  3. "Know" is a musical album of K.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  4. "Know" is a musical EP of The Malarians.
    • released in (28 years ago)
  5. "Know" is a composition.


Know a.k.a. US Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles is located at the end of the Ediz Hook peninsula in Port Angeles, Washington, above the Olympic National Park.

Phrases with Know

Phrases starting with the word Know:

  1. Know'd
  2. know as
  3. know-all
  4. know-how
  5. know apart
  6. know-it-all
  7. know nothing
  8. know-nothing

Phrases ending with the word Know:

  1. I Know
  2. y'know
  3. to know
  4. let know
  5. You Know
  6. don't-know
  7. As You Know
  8. Do You Know
  9. Get to Know
  10. In the Know
  11. I Don't Know

Other phrase containing the word Know:

  1. You Know It

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Know

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Google previewCompTIA Security+ Review Guide (2011)

SY0-201 by James M. Stewart

The need to know is a rule in and of itself, which states that access is granted only to users who have been assigned work...

Need to know is the MAC equivalent of the principle of least privilege from DAC (described in the following section).

Google previewEncyclopedia of Survey Research Methods (2008)

by Paul J. Lavrakas

Don't Know response option has been found to substantially increase (from 5 to as much as 30 percentage points) the proportion of respondents who report that they don't know, particularly for questions about issues with which respondents ...

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Usage statistics about know

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb know:

spoken English81.47%written English18.53% conversational speech64.23%task-oriented speech35.77% imaginative writing79.74%informational writing20.26%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb know:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb know and its most common antonym:


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Quotes about Know

To know and know that you know, not to know and know that you don't know, that is to know.
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Scrabble value of K5N1O1W4

The value of this 4-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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