1 have information about sth
full well, perfectly well, very well

I don't know for certain, but I think she lives in the next town.

You know very well what I'm talking about!

for certain, for sure

I don't know for certain, but I think she lives in the next town.


I just knew there would be problems.

honestly not

I honestly don't know what they mean to do.


If I'd known beforehand how bad it would be, I wouldn't have gone.

let sb

Please let me know (= tell me) if there's anything I can do to help.


He knows a lot about music.


I don't know of anyone who might be interested in the job.

be widely known

It is widely known that CFCs can damage the ozone layer.

know a lot, nothing, very little, etc.
you never know

Be prepared for rain—you never know what the weather will be like.

2 realize
exactly, precisely

I know exactly how you feel.

immediately, instantly

I instantly knew what the call was about.


He knew instinctively where he would find her.

the next thing I, he, etc. knew

The next thing I knew, I was waking up in hospital.

3 be familiar with sb/sth

I don't know John very well.


The properties of this substance are poorly known.

barely, hardly

But I hardly know the woman!


I don't know them personally.

internationally, nationally
get to

She's very nice when you get to know her


He is internationally known for his work with vaccines.

be known to sb

This man is known to the police (= as a criminal).

be widely known
4 be known as have a particular name
commonly, popularly

parts of the body known collectively as the sensory system


The drug is variously known as crack or freebase.

formerly, previously

Iran was formerly known as Persia.


He was known as Bonzo to his friends.

Know is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑scientist
Know is used with these nouns as the object: ↑alphabet, ↑answer, ↑basics, ↑cause, ↑custom, ↑danger, ↑difference, ↑enemy, ↑etiquette, ↑extent, ↑fact, ↑fate, ↑feeling, ↑futility, ↑gossip, ↑horror, ↑identity, ↑intention, ↑job, ↑language, ↑limitation, ↑love, ↑manner, ↑motive, ↑name, ↑outcome, ↑pain, ↑password, ↑place, ↑poem, ↑poetry, ↑right, ↑risk, ↑route, ↑routine, ↑rule, ↑secret, ↑short cut, ↑terrain, ↑thing, ↑thought, ↑trick, ↑truth, ↑voice, ↑way, ↑weakness, ↑whereabouts, ↑word, ↑workings, ↑worth

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