Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense of know.

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  • v. Simple past of know.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of know.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preterit of know.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • She knew what would win because she *knew* they would assume it was *true*.

    We never dreamed that a little girl might lie to get something she wanted.

  • Of course his reconstructions might be merely a projection of Propp's thesis onto the material, in which case he was proving nothing; but he knew -- he _knew_ -- that his reconstructions were not nonsensical, and they did tend to coalesce toward the pure structure Propp had devised.

    Enchantment

  • Guthlac knew it was true, and _knew that he had made a great promise_.

    Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light

  • No one who knew Sara could have looked into her eyes at that moment and doubted that she was speaking not only what she believed to be, but what she _knew_ to be, the ugly truth.

    The Hermit of Far End

  • We knew our parents would not have us read her, _if they knew_.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 49, November, 1861

  • Joe, I never knew I _knew_ all the words for the cussings I gave those heathen before our fellas found me!

    Space Tug

  • "I knew it," mumbled the visitor despairingly into his beard, "I _knew_ this would happen."

    A Tall Ship On Other Naval Occasions

  • Once seated in the “cotton-tail, ” he began going down into his own country, where he knew every farm he passed, —knew the land even when he did not know the owner, what sort of crops it yielded, and about how much it was worth.

    X. Book Three: Sunrise on the Prairie

  • "If I knew -- if I _knew_ --" he said, and his burning eyes searched the bloodless face beneath him.

    Ailsa Paige

  • "Have you once since you knew -- _knew_ -- felt that you must turn to me for comfort and help in one of your dire hours?"

    The Heart's Kingdom

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