Definition of cognizant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒ(ɡ)nɪz(ə)nt/
(also cognisant)


Having knowledge or awareness: statesmen must be cognizant of the political boundaries within which they work
More example sentences
  • For the first time since she had left the fort, she looked fully alive to him, cognizant, aware that she existed.
  • People should be cognizant and aware of what's going on around them.
  • ‘We're very cognisant and sensitive of the fact that we're reaching a large audience of varying demographics and we really don't want to shock people in a visceral way,’ he says.
aware, conscious, apprised, abreast;
sensible of/to, alive to, sensitive to, alert to, familiar with, acquainted with, in the know about, au fait with, conversant with, au courant with, up to date (with), up with, well versed in, knowledgeable about, well informed about, no stranger to
informal well up on, genned up on, clued in on, wise to, hip to
archaic ware of


Early 19th century: probably directly from cognizance.

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