AskDefine | Define knowing

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knowing adj
1 evidencing the possession of inside information [syn: wise(p), wise to(p)]
2 by conscious design or purpose; "intentional damage"; "a knowing attempt to defraud"; "a willful waste of time" [syn: deliberate, intentional, willful, wilful]
3 alert and fully informed; "politically aware"; "a knowing collector of rare books"; "the most...technically aware of the novelists under thirty"- W.S.Graham; "surprisingly knowledgeable about what was going on" [syn: aware(p), knowledgeable]
4 highly educated; having extensive information or understanding; "an enlightened public"; "knowing instructors"; "a knowledgeable critic"; "a knowledgeable audience" [syn: enlightened, knowledgeable, learned, lettered, well-educated, well-read] n : clear and certain mental apprehension

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knowing
  1. present participle of know

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