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English definition of “know”

know

verb   /noʊ/ (past tense knew, past participle known)
A1 to have information about something in your mind : “How old is she?” “I don’t know.” He knew that she was lying .
A1 used to ask someone to tell you a piece of information : Do you know where the post office is?
A2 to be certain : I know she’ll be really pleased to hear the news .
A2 to be able to do something: Do you know how to ski ?
B1 to have spent time with someone or in a place so that the person or place is not new to you: I’ve known Al since we were children . I grew up in Boston, so I know it well.
let someone know A2 to tell someone something: Let me know if you’re going to the party .
I know used when you agree with something someone has just said: “It’s a beautiful day , isn’t it?” “I know – let’s hope it lasts .”
you know B1 used to make sure someone understands which person or thing you are talking about: I was talking about Rachel – you know, the tall woman with the blond hair .
B1 (also know about) If you know a subject , or you know about it, you are familiar with it and understand it: Ask Andy to fix it – he knows about computers .
be known as something B1 to be called: California is also known as the Sunshine State .
get to know someone/something B1 to gradually learn more about someone or something: I got to know Frank at work .
as far as I know used to say that you think something is true , but cannot be sure : As far as I know, he isn’t married .
(Definition of know verb from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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