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 for known
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.
                                                    16.
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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 :

  Known \Known\, p. p.
     of Know.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  known
      adj 1: apprehended with certainty; "a known quantity"; "the
             limits of the known world"; "a musician known throughout
             the world"; "a known criminal" [ant: unknown]

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