Definition of knowledge in English:


Syllabification: knowl·edge
Pronunciation: /ˈnäləj


1Facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject: a thirst for knowledge her considerable knowledge of antiques
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  • The goal of science education is not only to help students acquire scientific knowledge, but to understand its development.
  • All of these plans require insider knowledge in order to carry out the operation in a timely and accurate manner.
  • The book reveals the author's encyclopaedic knowledge of the hundreds of aristocratic families and their houses all over Ireland.
1.1What is known in a particular field or in total; facts and information: the transmission of knowledge
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  • These steps opened the doors to the transmission of ideas and knowledge from Europe.
  • I wondered too if we will ever find a way for a more efficient transmission of knowledge.
  • Renaissance science also received added impetus from the increased transmission of knowledge between east and west.
1.2 Philosophy True, justified belief; certain understanding, as opposed to opinion.
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  • However, almost all internalists will agree that knowledge entails justified true belief.
  • So the true question of objective knowledge is: how can I know the world as it is?
  • One begins the long epistemological road to true knowledge via desire.
2Awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation: the program had been developed without his knowledge he denied all knowledge of the overnight incidents
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  • Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward, including a lorry driver who may have been involved in the incident without his knowledge.
  • If your computer is permanently connected, the chances are that, sooner or later, an attempt will be made to access it without your knowledge.
  • The thefts only came to light when one customer noticed that money had been taken from her account without her knowledge.


Middle English (originally as a verb in the sense 'acknowledge, recognize', later as a noun): from an Old English compound based on cnāwan (see know).


come to one's knowledge

Become known to one.
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  • I felt sick when I thought of all the horrible things that could have been prevented if I'd taken action when the situation had come to my knowledge.
  • It came to my knowledge that while we had been preparing for the match, Chelsea had a meeting with representatives of Mourinho.
  • It has come to our knowledge that many properties had not been declared for property tax, undermining severely the tax collections.

to (the best of) my knowledge

1So far as I know: the text is free of factual errors. to the best of my knowledge
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  • I have no idea where these reports come from, but to my knowledge, there is absolutely nothing in it.
  • Looking at that list I noted that only one player, Brian Lara, has never, to my knowledge, played in the Lancashire League.
  • These findings were never made public to my knowledge.

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