knowing

Something that's knowing is sneakily wise or perceptive. A knowing smile conveys a lot of information — it implies that you know a secret or are in on some background information. Picture Mona Lisa.

A knowing glance tells its recipient that you've got them figured out or that you're aware of something they haven't shared with many people. You can use this adjective to simply mean "having knowledge" or "intentional" too, as when someone makes a knowing purchase of stolen goods. The noun version of knowing is also simple, meaning "the state of having knowledge or being aware."

Definitions of knowing
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adj alert and fully informed

“a knowing collector of rare books”
Synonyms:
knowledgeable
informed
having much knowledge or education

adj evidencing the possession of inside information

Synonyms:
wise, wise to
informed
having much knowledge or education

adj highly educated; having extensive information or understanding

knowing instructors”
Synonyms:
knowledgeable, learned, lettered, well-educated, well-read
educated
possessing an education (especially having more than average knowledge)

adj characterized by conscious design or purpose

“a knowing attempt to defraud”
Synonyms:
intentional
intended
resulting from one's intentions

n a clear and certain mental apprehension

Types:
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awareness, cognisance, cognizance, consciousness, knowingness
having knowledge of
incognizance
a lack of knowledge or recognition
know
the fact of being aware of information that is known to few people
cognizance, ken
range of what one can know or understand
farsightedness, foresight, prevision, prospicience
seeing ahead; knowing in advance; foreseeing
apprehension, discernment, savvy, understanding
the cognitive condition of someone who understands
self-awareness
awareness of your own individuality
feel
an intuitive awareness
sense
a general conscious awareness
comprehension
an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result)
self-knowledge
an understanding of yourself and your goals and abilities
smattering
a slight or superficial understanding of a subject
appreciation, grasp, hold
understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
grasping
understanding with difficulty
hindsight
understanding the nature of an event after it has happened
brainstorm, brainwave, insight
the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
realisation, realization, recognition
coming to understand something clearly and distinctly
Type of:
higher cognitive process
cognitive processes that presuppose the availability of knowledge and put it to use

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