from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To know about; have knowledge of; recognise; understand; be aware (of); be knowledgeable about.
  • v. To acknowledge; own; confess.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To confess; to acknowledge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To know; recognize.
  • To acknowledge; own; confess. Ayenbyte of Inwyt (1340, ed. Morris).


From Middle English beknowen, biknowen, from Old English becnāwan ("to know, know about"), equivalent to be- +‎ know. Cognate with Old High German bichnāan ("to recognise, see"). (Wiktionary)



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  • (a) To know or realize (sth.), be aware of; realize
    (b) to recognize (sb.); beknown: known, acquainted.

    November 25, 2011