from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or fact of knowing.
- n. Familiarity, awareness, or understanding gained through experience or study.
- n. The sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned.
- n. Learning; erudition: teachers of great knowledge.
- n. Specific information about something.
- n. Carnal knowledge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or state of knowing; clear perception of fact, truth, or duty; certain apprehension; familiar cognizance; cognition.
- n. That which is or may be known; the object of an act of knowing; a cognition; -- chiefly used in the plural.
- n. That which is gained and preserved by knowing; instruction; acquaintance; enlightenment; learning; scholarship; erudition.
- n. That familiarity which is gained by actual experience; practical skill.
- n. Scope of information; cognizance; notice.
- n. Sexual intercourse; -- usually preceded by carnal; same as carnal knowledge.
- transitive v. To acknowledge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being or of having become aware of fact or truth; intellectual recognition of or acquaintance with fact or truth; the condition of knowing.
- n. A perception, judgment, or idea which is in accord with fact or truth; that which is known.
- n. Acquaintance with things ascertained or ascertainable; acquired information; learning.
- n. Practical understanding; familiarity gained by actual experience; acquaintance with any fact or person: as, a knowledge of seamanship; I have no knowledge of the man.
- n. Specific information; notification; advertisement.
- n. Cognizance; notice; recognition.
- n. Acknowledgment.
- n. Synonyms Prudence, Discretion, etc. (see wisdom); comprehension, discernment.
- To acknowledge; confess; avow.
- To confess.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
Middle English knoulech : knouen, to know; see know + -leche, n. suff.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English knowleche ("knowledge"), of uncertain formation. The first element is ultimately identical with know, but the second is obscure (neither Old Norse -leikr nor Old English -lāċ would have given -leche as found in the earliest Middle English citations). Compare Middle English knowlechen ("to acknowledge"), Old English cnāwelǣċing, cnāwlǣċ ("acknowledgment"), and know. Compare also freeledge. (Wiktionary)