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[ken] /kɛn/
noun
1.
knowledge, understanding, or cognizance; mental perception:
an idea beyond one's ken.
2.
range of sight or vision.
verb (used with object), kenned or kent, kenning.
3.
Chiefly Scot.
  1. to know, have knowledge of or about, or be acquainted with (a person or thing).
  2. to understand or perceive (an idea or situation).
4.
Scots Law. to acknowledge as heir; recognize by a judicial act.
5.
Archaic. to see; descry; recognize.
6.
British Dialect Archaic.
  1. to declare, acknowledge, or confess (something).
  2. to teach, direct, or guide (someone).
verb (used without object), kenned or kent, kenning.
7.
British Dialect.
  1. to have knowledge of something.
  2. to understand.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English kennen to make known, see, know, Old English cennan to make known, declare; cognate with Old Norse kenna, German kennen; akin to can1
Can be confused
ken, kin, kith.
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British Dictionary definitions for kenned

ken

/kɛn/
noun
1.
range of knowledge or perception (esp in the phrases beyond or in one's ken)
verb kens, kenning, kenned, kent (kɛnt)
2.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) to know
3.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) to understand; perceive
4.
(transitive) (archaic) to see
Word Origin
Old English cennan; related to Old Norse kenna to perceive, Old High German kennen to make known; see can1
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Word Origin and History for kenned

ken

v.

"to know," Scottish dialect, from Old English cennan "make known, declare, acknowledge" (in late Old English also "to know"), originally "make to know," causative of cunnan "to become acquainted with, to know" (see can (v.)). Cognate with German kennen, Danish kjende, Swedish känna. Related: Kenned; kenning.

n.

"range of sight," 1580s, a nautical abbreviation of kenning.

"house where thieves meet," 1560s, vagabonds' slang, probably a shortening of kennel.

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Slang definitions & phrases for kenned

Ken

noun

A conformist, conventional man; a man lacking any but bland typical characteristics: Mr Quayle has been called a sort of Ken/ Bergin, the male villain, is reprising his role as the Ken-doll monster of Sleeping With the Enemy

[fr the male counterpart of the Barbie doll]


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