Complete Definition of "ken"

see|Ken|kén|kÄn|kèn
English

Pronunciation
rhymes|Én

Etymology
Northern dialect and Sco. from OE. cennan "make known, declare, acknowledge," originally "make to know," causative of cunnan "to become acquainted with, to know". The noun meaning "range of sight" is a nautical abbreviation of present participle kenning.

Noun
en-noun|-

  1. knowledge|Knowledge or perception.
  2. nautical Range of sight.
Quotations
1816, w:John Keats|John Keats, s:On First Looking into Chapman's Homer|On First Looking into Chapman's Homer, lines 9-10

Verb
en-verb|kens|kenning|kenned or kent|kenned or kent

  1. transitive To know, perceive or understand.
Quotations
1793, w:Samuel Taylor Coleridge|Samuel Taylor Coleridge, s:Christabel|Christabel

Related terms
kenned
kenning

References
R:New Geordie Dictionary 1987
R:Northumberland 1880
R:Palgrave
R:Todds Geordie 1977

Category:English irregular verbs


Dutch

Verb
infl|nl|verb form

  1. know (first-person singular present tense of kennen, to know)

Finnish
Finnish index|ke

Etymology
From the same Uralic root *ki as Hungarian ki.

Pronunciation
Hyphenation: ken
Rhymes: en#Finnish|en, sen#Finnish|sen
IPA|lang=fi|['ken]

Pronoun
infl|fi|pronoun

  1. context|interrogative|archaic|lang=fi who; (when followed by a modifier in elative case, -sta/-stä) which one (of + a noun referring to people).
  2. context|indefinite|archaic|lang=fi whoever.

Inflection
See kuka.

Usage notes
Ken is archaic in tone.

Synonyms
(who) kuka
(whoever) kuka tahansa

Category:Finnish interrogative pronouns
Category:Finnish indefinite pronouns


Hungarian

Verb
infl|hu|verb

  1. smear

Japanese

Conjunction
ja-pos|r|conjunction|hiraãã|kanjiå¼

  1. å¼: concurrently

Noun
ja-noun|r|count|hiraãã

  1. ja-def|å£ sword
  2. ja-def|ç prefecture

Kurdish

Noun
infl|ku|noun

  1. laugh
  2. smile

Mandarin

Pinyin syllable
ken

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of three tones, kén, kÄn, or kèn.

Usage notes
English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Category:Mandarin pinyin


Scots

Etymology
From OE.|sco cennan "make known, declare, acknowledge," originally "make to know," causative of cunnan "to become acquainted with, to know".

Noun
sco-noun|-

  1. knowledge|Knowledge or perception.

Verb
sco-verb|kens|kennin|kent

  1. transitive To know, perceive or understand.

#:Do ye ken John Peel with his coat so gay? - 18th century ballad
#* Dae ye ken Ken kens Ken?
#*: Do you know Ken knows Ken?"

de:ken
fa:ken
fr:ken
it:ken
ku:ken
la:ken
hu:ken
pl:ken
ru:ken
fi:ken
te:ken
vi:ken
tr:ken
vo:ken
zh:ken

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