1. knowledge, understanding, or cognizance; mental perception: an idea beyond one's ken.
2. range of sight or vision.
verb (used with object), kenned or kent, ken·ning.
3. Chiefly Scot.
a. to know, have knowledge of or about, or be acquainted with (a person or thing).
b. to understand or perceive (an idea or situation).
4. Scots Law. to acknowledge as heir; recognize by a judicial act.
5. Archaic. to see; descry; recognize.
6. British Dialect Archaic.
a. to declare, acknowledge, or confess (something).
b. to teach, direct, or guide (someone).
verb (used without object), kenned or kent, ken·ning.
7. British Dialect.
a. to have knowledge of something.
b. to understand.
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Origin: before 900; Middle English kennen to make known, see, know, Old English cennan to make known, declare; cognate with Old Norse kenna, German kennen; akin to can
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