from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Possessing knowledge, information, or understanding.
  • adjective Showing clever awareness and resourcefulness; shrewd and worldly.
  • adjective Suggestive of secret or private knowledge.
  • adjective Deliberate; conscious.
  • adjective Archaic Fashionable; stylish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Knowledge; acquaintance; ascertainment; power or means of ascertaining.
  • Having perception or knowledge; intelligent; instructed.
  • Conscious; intentional.
  • Shrewd; sharp; smart; in a special sense, having or simulating the appearance of possessing information which one is unwilling to communicate.
  • Expressive of knowledge or cunning: as, a knowing look.
  • Smart-looking; stylish.
  • Synonyms Astute, Sage, etc. See astute. (See also sagacious.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Knowledge; hence, experience.
  • adjective Skilful; well informed; intelligent
  • adjective colloq. Artful; cunning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Possessing knowledge or understanding; intelligent.
  • adjective Shrewd or showing clever awareness.
  • adjective Suggestive of private knowledge.
  • adjective Deliberate
  • verb Present participle of know.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective characterized by conscious design or purpose
  • noun a clear and certain mental apprehension
  • adjective highly educated; having extensive information or understanding
  • adjective evidencing the possession of inside information
  • adjective alert and fully informed


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  • The reason it is said that he who knows what is going on

    does not actually know anything is that:

    what is going on (unrecognized by routine minds) consumes completely

    all that man’s mind calls, knowing.

    --Jan Cox

    June 17, 2007