knowledge

[nol-ij]
noun
1.
acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition: knowledge of many things.
2.
familiarity or conversance, as with a particular subject or branch of learning: A knowledge of accounting was necessary for the job.
3.
acquaintance or familiarity gained by sight, experience, or report: a knowledge of human nature.
4.
the fact or state of knowing; the perception of fact or truth; clear and certain mental apprehension.
5.
awareness, as of a fact or circumstance: He had knowledge of her good fortune.
6.
something that is or may be known; information: He sought knowledge of her activities.
7.
the body of truths or facts accumulated in the course of time.
8.
the sum of what is known: Knowledge of the true situation is limited.
9.
Archaic. sexual intercourse. Compare carnal knowledge.
adjective
10.
creating, involving, using, or disseminating special knowledge or information: A computer expert can always find a good job in the knowledge industry.
Idioms
11.
to one's knowledge, according to the information available to one: To my knowledge he hasn't been here before.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English knouleche, equivalent to know(en) to know1 + -leche, perhaps akin to Old English -lāc suffix denoting action or practice, cognate with Old Norse (-)leikr; cf. wedlock

knowledgeless, adjective
preknowledge, noun
superknowledge, noun


1. See information. 4. understanding, discernment, comprehension; erudition, scholarship.
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knowledge (ˈnɒlɪdʒ)
 
n
1.  the facts, feelings or experiences known by a person or group of people
2.  the state of knowing
3.  awareness, consciousness, or familiarity gained by experience or learning
4.  erudition or informed learning
5.  specific information about a subject
6.  sexual intercourse (obsolete except in the legal phrase carnal knowledge)
7.  come to one's knowledge to become known to one
8.  to my knowledge
 a.  as I understand it
 b.  as I know
9.  (Irish) grow out of one's knowledge to behave in a presumptuous or conceited manner

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Word Origin & History

knowledge
M.E. cnawlece. For first element see know. Second element obscure, perhaps cognate with the -lock "action, process," found in wedlock.
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Example sentences
Lastly, diverse experiences, knowledges and ways of thinking are valuable unto
  themselves.
Verification and development of factual knowledges about the objective universe
  is a different, scientific undertaking.
Knowledges were always seen as fixed stars, so to speak, each occupying its own
  position in the universe of knowledge.
There is no sense that has not a mighty dominion, and that does not by its
  power introduce an infinite number of knowledges.
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