noun Etymology: Middle English knowlege, from knowlechen to acknowledge, irregular from knowen Date: 14th century 1. obsolete cognizance 2. a. (1) the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association (2) acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art, or technique b. (1) the fact or condition of being aware of something (2) the range of one's information or understanding <
answered to the best of my knowledge
c. the circumstance or condition of apprehending truth or fact through reasoning ; cognition d. the fact or condition of having information or of being learned <
a person of unusual knowledge
3. archaic sexual intercourse 4. a. the sum of what is known ; the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by mankind b. archaic a branch of learning Synonyms: knowledge, learning, erudition, scholarship mean what is or can be known by an individual or by mankind. knowledge applies to facts or ideas acquired by study, investigation, observation, or experience <
rich in the knowledge of human nature
. learning applies to knowledge acquired especially through formal, often advanced, schooling <
a book that demonstrates vast learning
. erudition strongly implies the acquiring of profound, recondite, or bookish learning <
an erudition unusual even in a scholar
. scholarship implies the possession of learning characteristic of the advanced scholar in a specialized field of study or investigation <
a work of first-rate literary scholarship

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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