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Kent

[kent] /kɛnt/
noun
1.
James, 1763–1847, U.S. jurist.
2.
Rockwell
[rok-wel,, -wuh l] /ˈrɒkˌwɛl,, -wəl/ (Show IPA),
1882–1971, U.S. illustrator and painter.
3.
William, 1685–1748, English painter, architect, and landscape gardener.
4.
a county in SE England. 1442 sq. mi. (3735 sq. km).
5.
an ancient English kingdom in SE Great Britain.
6.
a city in NE Ohio.
7.
a town in central Washington.
8.
a male given name: from the Old English name of a county in England.

ken

[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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Examples from the web for Kent
  • With some additional designs that were by Kent and burlington.
  • It was the highest in Kent with forty foot by nine foot sweeps.
  • The university of Kent has hosted concerts by bands including led zeppelin and the who.
  • The transmitter is based at the university of Kent, offering a good coverage of the city.
British Dictionary definitions for Kent

kent

/kɛnt/
verb
1.
a past tense and past participle of ken

Kent1

/kɛnt/
noun
1.
a county of SE England, on the English Channel: the first part of Great Britain to be colonized by the Romans; one of the seven kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England until absorbed by Wessex in the 9th century ad. Apart from the Downs it is mostly low-lying and agricultural, specializing in fruit and hops. The Medway towns of Rochester and Gillingham became an independent unitary authority in 1998. Administrative centre: Maidstone. Pop (excluding Medway): 1 348 800 (2003 est). Area (excluding Medway): 3526 sq km (1361 sq miles)

Kent2

/kɛnt/
noun
1.
William. ?1685–1748, English architect, landscape gardener, and interior designer

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 Kent

Old English, from Latin Canticum, Greek Kantion (51 B.C.E.), an ancient Celtic name often explained as "coastal district," but possibly "land of the hosts or armies." Related: Kentish.

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 Kent

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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