Definition of cognizant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkäɡnəzənt/
Pronunciation: /ˌkäɡˈnīzənt/
(also cognisant)


[predicative] formal
Having knowledge or being aware of: 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.


Early 19th century: probably directly from cognizance.

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Syllabification: cog·ni·zant

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