Definition of ken in English:


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Pronunciation: /kɛn


[in singular]

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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