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Definition of "knowing" []

  • Possessing knowledge, information, or understanding. See Synonyms at intelligent. (adjective)
  • Showing clever awareness and resourcefulness; shrewd. (adjective)
  • Suggestive of secret or private knowledge: a knowing glance. (adjective)
  • Deliberate; conscious: a knowing attempt to defraud. (adjective)

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.

Use "knowing" in a sentence
  • "We're going and I'm never knowing * never knowing* where we're going."
  • "He'd dreamt that night of Davey stealing into the cave and squatting beside him, watching him the way that he had before, and of Alan knowing, * knowing* that Davey was there, ready to rend and tear, knowing that his knife with its coiled handle was just under his pillow, but not being able to move his arms or legs."
  • "The young student of diplomacy, knowing Palmerston, must have taken for granted that Palmerston inspired this motion and would support it; —knowing Russell and his Whig antecedents, he would conceive that Russell must oppose it; —knowing Gladstone and his lofty principles, he would not doubt that Gladstone violently denounced the scheme."