knowledge

Why do you go to school? For knowledge, of course. To have knowledge means to know or be aware of things.

Knowledge is understanding gained through learning or experience. You read a recipe to gain knowledge about baking rhubarb pie. When it burns in the oven, experience gives you the knowledge that you need to stop doing three things at once. Fields like biology, math, art, medicine, and others have huge bodies of knowledge. Knowledge can mean information and also deeper understanding. You can use this word as a disclaimer too, as in "To my knowledge, my sister walked the dog."

Definitions of knowledge
  1. noun
    the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
    synonyms: cognition, noesis
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    brain, head, mind, nous, psyche
    that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason
    place
    an abstract mental location
    general knowledge, public knowledge
    knowledge that is available to anyone
    episteme
    the body of ideas that determine the knowledge that is intellectually certain at any particular time
    ability, power
    possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
    inability
    lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something
    lexis
    all of the words in a language; all word forms having meaning or grammatical function
    lexicon, mental lexicon, vocabulary
    a language user's knowledge of words
    practice
    knowledge of how something is usually done
    cognitive factor
    something immaterial (as a circumstance or influence) that contributes to producing a result
    equivalent
    a person or thing equal to another in value, measure, force, effect, significance, etc.
    cognitive operation, cognitive process, mental process, operation, process
    (psychology) the performance of some composite cognitive activity; an operation that affects mental contents
    process, unconscious process
    a mental process that you are not directly aware of
    perception
    knowledge gained by perceiving
    structure
    the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations
    cognitive content, content, mental object
    the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
    information
    knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction
    history
    all that is remembered of the past as preserved in writing; a body of knowledge
    attitude, mental attitude
    a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
    sleep talking, somniloquism, somniloquy
    uttering speech while asleep
    noddle
    an informal British expression for head or mind
    common knowledge
    anything generally known to everyone
    light
    public awareness
    open, surface
    information that has become public
    tabula rasa
    a young mind not yet affected by experience (according to John Locke)
    ego
    (psychoanalysis) the conscious mind
    unconscious, unconscious mind
    that part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware
    subconscious, subconscious mind
    psychic activity just below the level of awareness
    know-how
    the (technical) knowledge and skill required to do something
    leadership
    the ability to lead
    intelligence
    the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
    aptitude
    inherent ability
    bilingualism
    the ability to speak two languages colloquially
    capacity, mental ability
    the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior
    creative thinking, creativeness, creativity
    the ability to create
    originality
    the ability to think and act independently
    science, skill
    ability to produce solutions in some problem domain
    accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, attainment, skill
    an ability that has been acquired by training
    hand
    ability
    superior skill
    more than ordinary ability
    block, mental block
    an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension
    stupidity
    a poor ability to understand or to profit from experience
    inaptitude
    a lack of aptitude
    incapacity
    lack of intellectual power
    unskillfulness
    a lack of cognitive skill
    analphabetism, illiteracy
    an inability to read
    uncreativeness
    a lack of creativity
    faculty, mental faculty, module
    one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind
    custom, tradition
    a specific practice of long standing
    convention, formula, normal, pattern, rule
    something regarded as a normative example
    heritage, legacy
    practices that are handed down from the past by tradition
    divine guidance, inspiration
    (theology) a special influence of a divinity on the minds of human beings
    difficulty
    a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result
    causal factor, determinant, determinative, determiner, determining factor
    a determining or causal element or factor
    counterpart, opposite number, vis-a-vis
    a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another
    replacement, substitute
    a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
    basic cognitive process
    cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge
    discernment, perceptiveness
    perception of that which is obscure
    insight, penetration
    clear or deep perception of a situation
    cognizance
    range or scope of what is perceived
    arrangement, organisation, organization, system
    an organized structure for arranging or classifying
    higher cognitive process
    cognitive processes that presuppose the availability of knowledge and put it to use
    incomprehension
    an inability to understand
    tradition
    an inherited pattern of thought or action
    object
    the focus of cognitions or feelings
    food, food for thought, intellectual nourishment
    anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking
    noumenon, thing-in-itself
    the intellectual conception of a thing as it is in itself, not as it is known through perception
    universe, universe of discourse
    everything stated or assumed in a given discussion
    issue, matter, subject, topic
    some situation or event that is thought about
    issue
    an important question that is in dispute and must be settled
    data point, datum
    an item of factual information derived from measurement or research
    acquaintance, conversance, conversancy, familiarity
    personal knowledge or information about someone or something
    fact
    a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred
    example, illustration, instance, representative
    an item of information that is typical of a class or group
    circumstance, condition, consideration
    information that should be kept in mind when making a decision
    background, background knowledge
    information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem
    descriptor
    a piece of stored information that is used to identify an item in an information storage and retrieval system
    evidence, grounds
    your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief
    predictor
    information that supports a probabilistic estimate of future events
    tip-off
    inside information that something is going to happen
    input, stimulant, stimulation, stimulus
    any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action
    idea, thought
    the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about
    center, centre, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum
    the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
    wisdom
    accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
    internal representation, mental representation, representation
    a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
    form, pattern, shape
    a perceptual structure
    belief
    any cognitive content held as true
    disbelief, unbelief
    a rejection of belief
    heresy, unorthodoxy
    a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
    end, goal
    the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
    education
    knowledge acquired by learning and instruction
    experience
    the content of direct observation or participation in an event
    acculturation, culture
    all the knowledge and values shared by a society
    lore, traditional knowledge
    knowledge gained through tradition or anecdote
    ignorance
    the lack of knowledge or education
    domain, knowledge base, knowledge domain
    the content of a particular field of knowledge
    metaknowledge
    knowledge about knowledge
    phrase structure, sentence structure, syntax
    the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences
    morphology, sound structure, syllable structure, word structure
    the admissible arrangement of sounds in words
    acceptance, credence
    the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true
    culture
    the attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization
    defensive, defensive attitude
    an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')
    hardball
    a no-nonsense attitude in business or politics
    high horse
    an attitude of arrogant superiority
    southernism
    an attitude characteristic of Southerners (especially in the US)
    mentality, mind-set, mindset, outlook
    a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations
    paternalism
    the attitude (of a person or a government) that subordinates should be controlled in a fatherly way for their own good
    position, posture, stance
    a rationalized mental attitude
    disposition, inclination, tendency
    an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
    tolerance
    willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others
    intolerance
    unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs
    esteem, regard, respect
    an attitude of admiration or esteem
    disrespect
    a disrespectful mental attitude
    reverence
    a reverent mental attitude
    irreverence
    an irreverent mental attitude
    orientation
    an integrated set of attitudes and beliefs
    condensation
    (psychoanalysis) an unconscious process whereby two ideas or images combine into a single symbol; especially in dreams
    layer, level, stratum
    an abstract place usually conceived as having depth
    defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction
    (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
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    psychological feature
    a feature of the mental life of a living organism
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