ken
[ ken ]
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Part of Speech noun, verb
Origin + Etymology
Mid 16th century; Germanic 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 can and know
Synonyms
    1.
  • awareness
  • knowledge
    2.
  • cognizance
  • comprehension
  • concept
  • grasp
  • idea
  • insight
  • sight
  • understanding
Antonyms
    1.
  • ignorance
  • unknown
    2.
  • blindness
  • misconception
  • misunderstanding
  • stupidity
  • unconsciousness
Definition
1. know
2. one's range of knowledge or sight
Examples
1. A) Do you ken Emily's mother? B) Do you ken anyone who can help me remodel my kitchen?
2. A) Margaret asked her supervisor for help because the task was beyond her ken. B) Paul helped Peter fix his kitchen sink because plumbing was within his ken.
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