Definition of knowledge in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɒlɪdʒ/


[mass noun]
1Facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject: a thirst for knowledge her considerable knowledge of antiques
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  • The goal of science education is not only to help students acquire scientific knowledge, but to understand its development.
  • All of these plans require insider knowledge in order to carry out the operation in a timely and accurate manner.
  • The book reveals the author's encyclopaedic knowledge of the hundreds of aristocratic families and their houses all over Ireland.
1.1The sum of what is known: the transmission of knowledge
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  • These steps opened the doors to the transmission of ideas and knowledge from Europe.
  • I wondered too if we will ever find a way for a more efficient transmission of knowledge.
  • Renaissance science also received added impetus from the increased transmission of knowledge between east and west.
1.2Information held on a computer system.
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  • One goal for writing this software was to categorize knowledge for easy future retrieval by multiple users.
  • The server now has enough knowledge to honor a data transfer request from the client.
  • Technology has evolved; knowledge has evolved - and so has the number of computers online.
1.3 Philosophy True, justified belief; certain understanding, as opposed to opinion.
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  • However, almost all internalists will agree that knowledge entails justified true belief.
  • So the true question of objective knowledge is: how can I know the world as it is?
  • One begins the long epistemological road to true knowledge via desire.
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.



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).

Words that rhyme with knowledge

acknowledge, college, foreknowledge

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