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Definition of "ken" []

  • Perception; understanding: complex issues well beyond our ken. (noun)
  • Range of vision. (noun)
  • View; sight. (noun)
  • To know (a person or thing). (verb-transitive)
  • To recognize. (verb-transitive)
  • Range of knowledge or perception (esp in the phrases beyond or in one's ken) (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To know (verb)
  • To understand; perceive (verb)
  • To see (verb)

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Use "ken" in a sentence
  • "There's one part of London where all the Irish live -- at least all the worst of them -- and there they hatch their villainies and speak this tongue; it is that which keeps them together and makes them dangerous: I was once sent there to seize a couple of deserters -- Irish -- who had taken refuge amongst their companions; we found them in what was in my time called a ken, that is a house where only thieves and desperadoes are to be found."
  • "There's one part of London where all the Irish live -- at least all the worst of them -- and there they hatch their villanies to speak this tongue; it is that which keeps them together and makes them dangerous: I was once sent there to seize a couple of deserters -- Irish -- who had taken refuge amongst their companions; we found them in what was in my time called a ken, that is, a house where only thieves and desperadoes are to be found."
  • "There's one part of London where all the Irish live -- at least all the worst of them -- and there they hatch their villanies and speak this tongue; it is that which keeps them together and makes them dangerous: I was once sent there to seize a couple of deserters -- Irish -- who had taken refuge amongst their companions; we found them in what was in my time called a ken, that is a house where only thieves and desperadoes are to be found."