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Ken (verb)

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To Ken. v.a. [cnnan, Saxon; kennan, Dutch, to know.]

  1. To see at a distance; to descry.

    At once as far as angels ken, he views
    The dismal situation, waste and wild.
    Milton's Par. Lost.

    The next day about evening we saw, within a kenning, before us thick clouds, which did put us in some hope of land. Bacon's New Atlantis.

                If thou ken'st from far,
    Among the Pleiads, a new-kindled star;
    'Tis she that shines in that propitious light.

    We ken them from afar, the setting sun
    Plays on their shining arms.

  2. To know.

    'Tis he, I ken the manner of his gate. Shakesp.

    Now plain I ken whence love his rise begun:
    Sure he was born some bloody butcher's son,
    Bred up in shambles.
    Gay's Past.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Gay, John (51) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida (36)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · Saxon (215) · Verb Active (289)

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