Definition of knowledge in English:


Line breaks: know|ledge
Pronunciation: /ˈnɒlɪdʒ


[mass noun]
  • 2Awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation: the programme had been developed without his knowledge he denied all knowledge of the 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.
  • 3 archaic Sexual intercourse.


come to someone's knowledge

Become known to someone.
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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) someone's knowledge

As far as someone knows; judging from the information someone has: 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.


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).

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