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Pronunciation: /kɛn

Definition of ken in English:


[in singular]
One’s range of knowledge or understanding: politics are beyond my ken
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  • Yes, for me too it was something totally different - beyond my ken.
  • The morons do not even protect the exposed steel with paint - and something as simple and old-fashioned as using galvanized bolts in the first place is clearly way beyond their ken.
  • That was 1990, and the friend and his friends were witty and sparkly, and totally convinced me that Aucklanders were smart and sophisticated and ironic beyond my ken.

verb (kens, kenning; past and past participle kenned or kent)

[with object] Scottish & Northern English Back to top  
1Know: d’ye ken anyone who can boast of that?
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  • Just when you think you ken everything there is to ken about living in Scotland, you get a rude awakening.
  • But our Ancestors kenned that some places are more lively, more powerful than other places, and this potency is explored through the medium of sacred geometry, through ley lines and stone circles.
1.1Recognize; identify: that’s him—d’ye ken him?


Old English cennan 'tell, make known', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German kennen 'know, be acquainted with', from an Indo-European root shared by can1 and know. Current senses of the verb date from Middle English; the noun from the mid 16th century.

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