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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Knowl"edge
  1. The act or state of knowing; clear perception of fact, truth, or duty; certain apprehension; familiar cognizance; cognition." Knowledge, which is the highest degree of the speculative faculties, consists in the perception of the truth of affirmative or negative propositions." [Locke.]
  2. That which is or may be known; the object of an act of knowing; a cognition; -- chiefly used in the plural."There is a great difference in the delivery of the mathematics, which are the most abstracted of knowledges." [Bacon.]" Knowledges is a term in frequent use by Bacon, and, though now obsolete, should be revived, as without it we are compelled to borrow “cognitions” to express its import." [Sir W. Hamilton.]"To use a word of Bacon's, now unfortunately obsolete, we must determine the relative value of knowledges." [H. Spencer.]
  3. That which is gained and preserved by knowing; instruction; acquaintance; enlightenment; learning; scholarship; erudition." Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth." [1 Cor. viii. 1.]"Ignorance is the curse of God; Knowledge, the wing wherewith we fly to heaven." [Shak.]
  4. That familiarity which is gained by actual experience; practical skill; as, a knowledge of life."Shipmen that had knowledge of the sea." [1 Kings ix. 27.]
  5. Scope of information; cognizance; notice; as, it has not come to my knowledge ."Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldst take knowledge of me?" [Ruth ii. 10.]
  6. Sexual intercourse; -- usually preceded by carnal; same as carnal knowledge.
    synonyms: See Wisdom.

Etymology: OE. knowlage knowlege knowleche knawleche. The last part is the Icel. suffix -leikr, forming abstract nouns, orig. the same as Icel. leikr game, play, sport, akin to AS. lāc, Goth. laiks dance. See Know, and cf. Lake (v. i.) Lark a frolic

verb Knowl"edge
To acknowledge.
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  1. The psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
  1. A course of study which must be completed by prospective London taxi drivers; consists of 320 routes through central London and many significant places.

Notable Persons Named Knowledge

Knowledge Musona is a soccer player for the K.V. Oostende, Kaizer Chiefs F.C., TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, FC Augsburg, and Zimbabwe national football team. Knowledge was born on June 21st, 1990 in Norton, Zimbabwe.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Knowledge

Jimu Knowledge is an athlete for the Mbabane Swallows F.C.


How popular is the baby name Knowledge in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1989 5 0 5
1998 10 0 10
1999 21 0 21
2000 20 0 20
2001 31 0 31
2002 38 0 38
2003 24 0 24
2004 26 0 26
2005 33 0 33
2006 41 0 41
2007 34 0 34
2008 40 0 40
2009 53 0 53
2010 50 0 50
2011 61 0 61
2012 66 0 66
2013 56 5 51
2014 76 5 71
2015 76 0 76
2016 121 9 112
2017 113 7 106

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Popularity of Knowledge as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Knowledge

  • How Popular is the name Knowledge? Knowledge is the 10,609th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Knowledge have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 995 babies born with the first name Knowledge in the United States. That's more than enough people named Knowledge to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Knowledge? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1989 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Knowledge first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Knowledge is Wednesday, November 25th, 1885.
  • What year had the most people named Knowledge born? The highest recorded use of the first name Knowledge was in 2016 with a total of 112 babies.
  • Random Knowledge Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Knowledge is not a popular baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, only 7 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 2012.
  • Weird things about the name Knowledge: Your name in reverse order is Egdelwonk. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wngoledek. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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