Hypertext Webster Gateway: "know"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Know \Know\, v. i.
1. To have knowledge; to have a clear and certain perception;
to possess wisdom, instruction, or information; -- often
with of.

Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
--Is. i. 3.

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the
doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak
of myself. --John vii.

The peasant folklore of Europe still knows of
willows that bleed and weep and speak when hewn.

2. To be assured; to feel confident.

{To know of}, to ask, to inquire. [Obs.] `` Know of your
youth, examine well your blood.'' --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Know \Know\, n.
Knee. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Know \Know\, v. t. [imp. {Knew}; p. p. {Known}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Knowing}.] [OE. knowen, knawen, AS. cn["a]wan; akin to OHG.
chn["a]an (in comp.), Icel. kn["a] to be able, Russ, znate to
know, L. gnoscere, noscere, Gr. ?, Skr. jn?; fr. the root of
E. can, v. i., ken. (?). See {Ken}, {Can} to be able, and cf.
{Acquaint}, {Cognition}, {Gnome}, {Ignore}, {Noble}, {Note}.]
1. To perceive or apprehend clearly and certainly; to
understand; to have full information of; as, to know one's

O, that a man might know The end of this day's
business ere it come! --Shak.

There is a certainty in the proposition, and we know
it. --Dryden.

Know how sublime a thing it is To suffer and be
strong. --Longfellow.

2. To be convinced of the truth of; to be fully assured of;
as, to know things from information.

3. To be acquainted with; to be no stranger to; to be more or
less familiar with the person, character, etc., of; to
possess experience of; as, to know an author; to know the
rules of an organization.

He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin.
--2 Cor. v.

Not to know me argues yourselves unknown. --Milton.

4. To recognize; to distinguish; to discern the character of;
as, to know a person's face or figure.

Ye shall know them by their fruits. --Matt. vil.

And their eyes were opened, and they knew him.
--Luke xxiv.

To know Faithful friend from flattering foe. --Shak.

At nearer view he thought he knew the dead.

5. To have sexual commerce with.

And Adam knew Eve his wife. --Gen. iv. 1.

Note: Know is often followed by an objective and an
infinitive (with or without to) or a participle, a
dependent sentence, etc.

And I knew that thou hearest me always. --John
xi. 42.

The monk he instantly knew to be the prior. --Sir
W. Scott.

In other hands I have known money do good.

{To know how}, to understand the manner, way, or means; to
have requisite information, intelligence, or sagacity. How
is sometimes omitted. `` If we fear to die, or know not to
be patient.'' --Jer. Taylor.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: be cognizant or aware of a fact or a specific piece of
information; possess knowledge or information about; "I
know that the President lied to the people"; "I want to
know who is winning the game!"; "I know it's time" [syn:
{cognize}] [ant: {ignore}]
2: know how to do or perform something; "She knows how to
knit"; "Does your husband know how to cook?"
3: be aware of the truth of something; have a belief or faith
in something; regard as true beyond any doubt; "I know
that I left the key on the table"; "Galileo knew that the
earth moves around the sun"
4: be familiar or acquainted with a person or an object; "She
doesn't know this composer"; "Do you know my sister?" "We
know this movie"; "I know him under a different name";
"This flower is known as a Peruvian Lily"
5: have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or
sensations; "I know the feeling!" "have you ever known
hunger?"; "I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug
addict"; "The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare";
"I lived through two divorces" [syn: {experience}, {live}]
6: discern; "His greed knew no limits" [syn: {acknowledge}, {recognize},
7: have fixed in the mind; "I know Latin"; "This student knows
her irregular verbs"; "Do you know the poem well enough to
recite it?"
8: have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with
everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve" (know is archaic);
"Were you ever intimate with this man?" [syn: {love}, {make
out}, {make love}, {sleep with}, {get laid}, {have sex}, {do
it}, {be intimate}, {have intercourse}, {have it away}, {have
it off}, {screw}, {fuck}, {jazz}, {eff}, {hump}, {lie with},
{bed}, {have a go at it}, {bang}, {get it on}, {bonk}]
9: know the nature or character of; "we all knew her as a big
10: be able to distinguish. recognize as being different; "The
child knows right from wrong"
11: perceive as familiar; "I know this voice!"

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