Meaning of “known” in the English Dictionary

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"known" in British English

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uk /nəʊn/ us /noʊn/

B2 used to refer to something or someone that is familiar to or understood by people:

These people are known criminals.
There is no known reason for the accident.
He is known to the police because of his previous criminal record.
See also
known as sth

B1 If someone or something is known as a particular name, that person or thing is called by that name:

And this is Terry, otherwise known as "Muscleman".
make sth known

to tell people about something so that it becomes publicly known:

Local residents have made known their objections to the proposals.
I made it known that I was not happy with the decision.

More examples

  • There is no known cure for this disease .
  • Allegations that Mr Dwight was receiving money from known criminals have caused a scandal.
  • His family are known gangsters.
  • Known drug dealers are operating in the area.
  • They are known to the authorities for playing truant.

(Definition of “known” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"known" in American English

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knownadjective [ not gradable ]

us /noʊn/

known adjective [ not gradable ] (HAVE UNDERSTANDING)

generally understood or proven:

There is no known reason for the accident.
It is a known fact that he started out a poor man.

(Definition of “known” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)