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English definition of “you know”

you know

informal
B1 a phrase with little meaning, which you use while you are trying to think of what to say next: Well I just thought, you know, I'd better agree to it. I'm not happy with the situation but, you know, there isn't much I can do about it.InterjectionsSounds used as interjections B1 used when trying to help someone remember something or when trying to explain something: What's the name of that guy on TV - you know, the American one with the silly voice?Remembering, reminding and reminders Grammar:You knowWe use you know very often in speaking as a discourse marker. We use it to check that the people we are speaking to share the same knowledge as us and understand what we are saying:See moreGrammar:You knowWe use you know very commonly in speaking. It is used to check with our listeners that we share the same knowledge. When we use you know, we assume that the listener or listeners do have the knowledge that we want them to have:See more
(Definition of you know from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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