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 for knowing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Know \Know\ (n[=o]), v. t. [imp. Knew (n[=u]); p. p. Known
     (n[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. Knowing.] [OE. knowen, knawen,
     AS. cn[aum]wan; akin to OHG. chn[aum]an (in comp.), Icel.
     kn[aum] to be able, Russ. znate to know, L. gnoscere,
     noscere, Gr. gighw`skein, Skr. jn[=a]; fr. the root of E.
     can, v. i., ken. [root]45. See Ken, Can to be able, and
     cf. Acquaint, Cognition, Gnome, Ignore, Noble,
     Note.]
     1. To perceive or apprehend clearly and certainly; to
        understand; to have full information of; as, to know one's
        duty.
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              O, that a man might know
              The end of this day's business ere it come! --Shak.
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              There is a certainty in the proposition, and we know
              it.                                   --Dryden.
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              Know how sublime a thing it is
              To suffer and be strong.              --Longfellow.
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     2. To be convinced of the truth of; to be fully assured of;
        as, to know things from information.
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     3. To be acquainted with; to be no stranger to; to be more or
        less familiar with the person, character, etc., of; to
        possess experience of; as, to know an author; to know the
        rules of an organization.
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              He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin.
                                                    --2 Cor. v.
                                                    21.
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              Not to know me argues yourselves unknown. --Milton.
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     4. To recognize; to distinguish; to discern the character of;
        as, to know a person's face or figure.
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              Ye shall know them by their fruits.   --Matt. vil.
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              And their eyes were opened, and they knew him.
                                                    --Luke xxiv.
                                                    31.
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              To know
              Faithful friend from flattering foe.  --Shak.
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              At nearer view he thought he knew the dead.
                                                    --Flatman.
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     5. To have sexual intercourse with.
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              And Adam knew Eve his wife.           --Gen. iv. 1.
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     Note: Know is often followed by an objective and an
           infinitive (with or without to) or a participle, a
           dependent sentence, etc.
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                 And I knew that thou hearest me always. --John
                                                    xi. 42.
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                 The monk he instantly knew to be the prior. --Sir
                                                    W. Scott.
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                 In other hands I have known money do good.
                                                    --Dickens.
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     To know how, to understand the manner, way, or means; to
        have requisite information, intelligence, or sagacity. How
        is sometimes omitted. " If we fear to die, or know not to
        be patient." --Jer. Taylor.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Knowing \Know"ing\, a.
     1. Skilful; well informed; intelligent; as, a knowing man; a
        knowing dog.
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              The knowing and intelligent part of the world.
                                                    --South.
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     2. Artful; cunning; as, a knowing rascal. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Knowing \Know"ing\, n.
     Knowledge; hence, experience. " In my knowing." --Shak.
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           This sore night
           Hath trifled former knowings.            --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  knowing
      adj 1: evidencing the possession of inside information [syn:
             knowing, wise(p), wise to(p)]
      2: characterized by conscious design or purpose; "intentional
         damage"; "a knowing attempt to defraud"; "a willful waste of
         time" [syn: intentional, knowing]
      3: alert and fully informed; "a knowing collector of rare
         books"; "surprisingly knowledgeable about what was going on"
         [syn: knowledgeable, knowing]
      4: highly educated; having extensive information or
         understanding; "knowing instructors"; "a knowledgeable
         critic"; "a knowledgeable audience" [syn: knowing,
         knowledgeable, learned, lettered, well-educated,
         well-read]
      n 1: a clear and certain mental apprehension

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  174 Moby Thesaurus words for "knowing":
     Byzantine, Machiavellian, Machiavellic, acute, advised, aimed,
     aimed at, alive, all-knowing, apperceptive, appercipient,
     apprehending, apprehensive, arch, artful, astute, awake, aware,
     blase, brainy, bright, brilliant, broad-minded, cagey, calculated,
     calculating, canny, clever, cognizant, comprehending, conceptive,
     conceptual, conscious, considered, conspiratorial, conspiratory,
     contemplated, conversant, cosmopolitan, cosmopolite, crafty,
     cunning, cute, deceitful, deep, deep-laid, deliberate, deliberated,
     designed, designing, devious, diplomatic, discerning, discursive,
     disenchanted, disillusioned, eloquent, envisaged, envisioned,
     experienced, expert, expressive, feline, foxy, gnostic, guileful,
     hep, ideational, ingenious, insidious, insightful, intellectual,
     intelligent, intended, intentional, inventive, knowledgable,
     knowledgeable, learned, mature, matured, meaningful, meant,
     meditated, mindful, mondaine, nimble-witted, noetic,
     not born yesterday, not so dumb, observant, of design, old,
     omniscient, pawky, perceptive, percipient, perspicacious, planned,
     politic, practiced, prehensile, private, profound, projected,
     proposed, purposed, purposeful, purposive, qualified, quick,
     quick-witted, rational, ready, reasonable, resourceful, ripe,
     ripened, sagacious, sage, sane, sapient, scheming, seasoned,
     secret, sensible, sentient, serpentine, sharp, sharp-witted,
     shifty, shrewd, significant, slick, slippery, sly, smart, smooth,
     snaky, sneaky, sophic, sophistical, sophisticate, sophisticated,
     stealthy, strategic, strong-minded, studied, subtile, subtle,
     supple, tactical, teleological, trickish, tricksy, tricky, tried,
     tried and true, understanding, veteran, vigilant, voluntary,
     vulpine, wary, watchful, well-informed, willful, wily, wise,
     wise as Solomon, witting, world-wise, worldly, worldly-wise
  
  

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