known

Something known is something people are aware of or know about. Don’t ask a known thief to walk your dog while you’re out of town, especially if she is known as the “Poodle Poacher.”

When you know something, it’s in your memory and awareness. When something is known, you know it! Technically, known is the past participle of know. Cigarettes are known to cause cancer. Martin Luther King is known as a hero to Americans. Cassius Clay is known as Muhammad Ali. If you stay out late and get in trouble, you should’ve known better. Something known is established, and people don't have reason to doubt it.

Definitions of known
  1. adjective
    apprehended with certainty
    “a known quantity”
    “the limits of the known world”
    “a musician known throughout the world”
    “a known criminal”
    Synonyms:
    acknowledged
    recognized or made known or admitted
    familiar
    well known or easily recognized
    glorious
    having or deserving or conferring glory
    best-known
    most familiar or renowned
    better-known
    more familiar or renowned than the other of two
    celebrated, famed, famous, far-famed, illustrious, notable, noted, renowned
    widely known and esteemed
    identified
    having the identity known or established
    legendary
    so celebrated as to having taken on the nature of a legend
    proverbial
    widely known and spoken of
    well-known
    widely or fully known
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    Antonyms:
    unknown
    not known
    unacknowledged
    not recognized or admitted
    unfamiliar
    not known or well known
    inglorious
    not bringing honor and glory
    chartless, uncharted, unmapped
    (of unknown regions) not yet surveyed or investigated
    little-known
    unknown to most people
    unbeknown, unbeknownst
    (usually used with `to') occurring or existing without the knowledge of
    undiagnosed
    eluding diagnosis
    undiscovered, unexplored
    not yet discovered
    unheard-of
    previously unknown
    unidentified
    not yet identified
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