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From Middle English {{enm|knowleche||knowledge}}, of uncertain formation. The first element is ultimately identical with {{en|know}}, but the second is obscure (neither Old Norse -leikr nor Old English {{ang|-lāċ}} would have given -leche as found in the earliest Middle English citations). Compare Middle English {{enm|knowlechen||to acknowledge}}, Old English {{ang|cnāwelǣċing}}, {{ang|cnāwlǣċ||acknowledgment}}, and {{en|know}}. Compare also [[freeledge#|freeledge]].
  • The noun originally provided a counterpart to the now-obsolete verb to knowledge (see below), but was very early adapted to be the noun equivalent of {{en|know}}.



Knowledge (usually uncountable; plural [[knowledges#|knowledges]])
  1. (Articlesobsolete) Acknowledgement. Template:Defdate
  2. The fact of knowing about something; general understanding or familiarity with a subject, place, situation etc. Template:Defdate
  3. Awareness of a particular fact or situation; a state of having been informed or made aware of something. Template:Defdate
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice:
      He had always intended to visit him, though to the last always assuring his wife that he should not go; and till the evening after the visit was paid she had no knowledge of it.
  4. Intellectual understanding; the state of appreciating truth or information. Template:Defdate
  5. Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of learning etc. Template:Defdate
  6. (Articlesarchaic or Articleslegal) Sexual intimacy or intercourse (now usually in phrase {{en|carnal knowledge}}). Template:Defdate
    • 1573, George Gascoigne, "The Adventures of Master F.J.", An Anthology of Elizabethan Prose Fiction:
      Every time that he had knowledge of her he would leave, either in the bed, or in her cushion-cloth, or by her looking-glass, or in some place where she must needs find it, a piece of moneyTemplate:Nb....
  7. (Articlesobsolete) Information or intelligence about something; notice. Template:Defdate
    • 1580, Edward Hayes, "Sir Humphrey Gilbert's Voyage to Newfoundland", Voyages and Travels Ancient and Modern, ed. Charles W Eliot, Cosimo 2005, p. 280:
      Item, if any ship be in dangerTemplate:Nb..., every man to bear towards her, answering her with one light for a short time, and so to put it out again; thereby to give knowledge that they have seen her token.
  8. The total of what is known; all information and products of learning. Template:Defdate
  9. (Articlescountable) Something that can be known; a branch of learning; a piece of information; a science. Template:Defdate
    • Template:RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays, II.12:
      he weakened his braines much, as all men doe, who over nicely and greedily will search out those knowledges Template:Transterm, which hang not for their mowing, nor pertaine unto them.
    • Francis Bacon
      There is a great difference in the delivery of the mathematics, which are the most abstracted of knowledges.
  10. (Articlesobsolete) Notice, awareness. Template:Defdate
    • 1611, The Bible, Authorized Version, Ruth II.10:
      Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?
  11. (ArticlesUKArticles, informal) The deep familiarity with certain routes and places of interest required by taxicab drivers working in London, England.
    • Malcolm Bobbitt, Taxi! - The Story of the London Cab
      There is only one sure way to memorise the runs and that is to follow them, either on foot, cycle or motor cycle; hence, the familiar sight of would-be cabbies learning the knowledge during evenings and weekends.


  • 1996, Jan Jindy Pettman, Worlding Women: A feminist international politics, pages ix-x:
    There are by now many feminisms (Tong, 1989; Humm, 1992)..{{#invoke:String|rep| .|2}}They are in shifting alliance or contest with postmodern critiques, which at times seem to threaten the very category 'women' and its possibilities for a feminist politics. These debates inform this attempt at worlding women—moving beyond white western power centres and their dominant knowledgesTemplate:Nb....

Usage notes

  • Adjectives often used with “knowledge”: extensive, deep, superficial, theoretical, practical, useful, working, encyclopedic, public, private, scientific, tacit, explicit, general, specialized, special, broad, declarative, procedural, innate, etc.

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Knowledge (third-person singular simple present [[knowledges#|knowledges]], present participle [[knowledging#|knowledging]], simple past and past participle [[knowledged#|knowledged]])
  1. (Articlesobsolete) To confess as true; to acknowledge. Template:Defdate
    • 1526, Bible, tr. William Tyndale, Matthew 3:
      Then went oute to hym Jerusalem, and all Jury, and all the region rounde aboute Jordan, and were baptised of hym in Jordan, knoledging their synnes.

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