Translation of "know" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /nəʊ/ us /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 Brussels so I know it well.
let someone know something

A2 to tell someone something

decirle algo a alguien
I’ll let you know where we are meeting when I know my schedule.
Let me know if you’re going to the party.
I know

used when you agree with something someone has just said

ya (lo sé)
‘It’s a lovely 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…

B1 to be called

ser conocido como algo
California is also known as the Sunshine State.
get to know someone/something

B1 to gradually learn more about someone or something

conocer mejor a alguien/algo
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

que yo sepa
As far as I know, he isn’t married.
know what’s what

If you know what’s what, you have a lot of experience and can judge people and situations well

saber de qué va (el asunto)
Linda’s been in the business for 30 years – she knows what’s what.

(Translation of “know” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /nəu/ (past tense knew /njuː/, past participle known)

to be aware of or to have been informed about

saber, conocer
He thinks he knows everything
I know he is at home because his car is in the drive
He knows all about it
I know of no reason why you cannot go.

to have learned and to remember

saber, conocer
He knows a lot of poetry.

to be aware of the identity of; to be friendly with

I know Mrs Taylor – she lives near me.

to (be able to) recognize or identify

You would hardly know her now – she has become very thin
He knows a good car when he sees one.
knowing adjective

showing secret understanding

de complicidad
She gave him a knowing look.
knowingly adverb

in a knowing manner

con complicidad
She smiled knowingly.

deliberately or on purpose

He would not knowingly insult her.
know-all noun

an unkind name for a person who thinks he knows everything

sabelotodo, sabihondo
He had a reputation for being a bit of a know-all.
know-how noun

the practical knowledge and skill to deal with something

saber hacer, conocimiento técnico
She has acquired a lot of know-how about cars.
in the know

having information possessed only by a small group of people

estar en el ajo, estat al tanto
People in the know tell me that she is the most likely person to get the job.
know backwards

to know extremely well or perfectly

saber al dedillo
He knows his history backwards.
know better

to be too wise or well-taught (to do something)

saber mejor
She should know better at her age!
He should have known better than to trust them.
know how to

to have learned the way to

saber cómo
She already knew how to read when she went to school.
know the ropes

to understand the detail and procedure of a job etc

conocer a fondo
It’ll take you a while to get to know the ropes.

(Translation of “know” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)