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

  • adj. Possessing knowledge, information, or understanding. See Synonyms at intelligent.
  • adj. Showing clever awareness and resourcefulness; shrewd.
  • adj. Suggestive of secret or private knowledge: a knowing glance.
  • adj. Deliberate; conscious: a knowing attempt to defraud.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Skilful; well informed; intelligent
  • adj. Artful; cunning.
  • n. Knowledge; hence, experience.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.)
  • n. Knowledge; acquaintance; ascertainment; power or means of ascertaining.

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

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


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  • He'd dreamt that night of Davey stealing into the cave and squatting beside him, watching him the way that he had before, and of Alan knowing, * knowing* that Davey was there, ready to rend and tear, knowing that his knife with its coiled handle was just under his pillow, but not being able to move his arms or legs.

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  • The young student of diplomacy, knowing Palmerston, must have taken for granted that Palmerston inspired this motion and would support it; —knowing Russell and his Whig antecedents, he would conceive that Russell must oppose it; —knowing Gladstone and his lofty principles, he would not doubt that Gladstone violently denounced the scheme.

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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