known Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Definition of “known” - English Dictionary

"known" in American English

See all translations

knownadjective [not gradable]

 us   /noʊn/

known adjective [not gradable] (HAVE UNDERSTANDING)

generallyunderstood or ​proven: There is no known ​reason for the ​accident. It is a known ​fact that he ​started out a ​poor man. [+ to infinitive] These ​substances are known to ​causeskinproblems.
(Definition of known from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"known" in British English

See all translations


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 ​previouscriminalrecord.
See also
known as sth B1 If someone or something is known as a ​particularname, that ​person or thing is called by that ​name: And this is Terry, otherwise known as "Muscleman".make sth known to ​tellpeople about something so that it ​becomespublicly known: Local ​residents have made known ​theirobjections to the ​proposals. I made it known that I was not ​happy with the ​decision.
More examples
(Definition of known from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of known?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

be nothing short of

used to emphasize a situation, quality, or type of behaviour

Word of the Day

Coffee culture
Coffee culture
by Colin McIntosh,
November 24, 2015
In a study published recently and widely reported in the media, researchers from Harvard University School of Public Health found that people who drink a moderate amount of coffee per day are less likely to die from a range of diseases. Good news for coffee drinkers, who make up an ever-increasing proportion

Read More 

climatarian adjective
climatarian adjective
November 23, 2015
choosing to eat a diet that has minimal impact on the climate, i.e. one that excludes food transported a long way or meat whose production gives rise to CO2 emissions Climate change is not normally on people’s minds when they choose what to have for lunch, but a new diet is calling for

Read More