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Meaning of “you know” in the English Dictionary

"you know" in British English

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you know

informalB1 a phrase with little ​meaning, used while you are ​trying to ​think of what to say next: Well I just ​thought, you know, I'd ​betteragree to it. I'm not ​happy with the ​situation but, you know, there isn't much I can do about it. 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 one with the ​sillyvoice?
(Definition of you know from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"you know" in American English

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you know

(also y'know) infml used as a ​pause while ​speaking or while ​thinking of what to say next or how to say it: She was ​cleaning the ​house, you ​know, when the ​phonerang. you know infml Some ​people say you ​know or (also y'know) at the end of a ​statement to make ​sure the ​person they are ​talking to ​understands: It didn’t have to ​happen that way, you ​know?
(Definition of you know from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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