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verb (knew, known, knowing)
verb (t)
1. to perceive or understand as fact or truth, or apprehend with clearness and certainty.
2. to have fixed in the mind or memory: to know a poem by heart.
3. to be cognisant or aware of; to be acquainted with (a thing, place, person, etc.) as by sight, experience, or report.
4. to be able to distinguish, as one from another.
5. Archaic to be sexually intimate with.
verb (i)
6. to have knowledge, or clear and certain perception, as of fact or truth.
7. to be cognisant or aware, as of some fact, circumstances, or occurrence; have information, as about something.
8. in the know, having inside knowledge.
9. know all the answers, to be brashly self-assured.
10. know by heart, to know as from learning by rote.
11. know chalk from cheese, to be able to note differences.
12. know for a fact, to be quite sure of.
13. know full well, to be extremely sure of: to know full well the consequences.
14. know how to, to be able from experience or attainment to (do something).
15. know which side one's bread is buttered, to know where the advantage lies.
16. know something backwards, to know something extremely well.
17. know something like the back of one's hand, to know something extremely well.
18. not to know a bee from a bull's foot, Colloquial to be lacking in any common sense or experience.
19. not to know from Adam, not to know or recognise (someone).
20. not to know one's arse from one's elbow, Colloquial (taboo) to be lacking in any common sense or experience.
21. not to know someone from a bar of soap, Colloquial to be entirely unacquainted with someone. {Phrase Origin: from the provision of bulk soap, where each bar was identical and could not be distinguished in any way}
22. who knew!, (an expression of surprise.)
{Middle English know(e), knawe(n), Old English (ge)cnāwan; distantly related to Latin (g)nōscere, Greek gignōskein}
knower, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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