American English

Definition of cognizance noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[uncountable] (formal)
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  • knowledge or understanding of something
  • Idioms
    take cognizance of something (law)
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    to understand or consider something; to take notice of something In the light of the new evidence that the court can now take cognizance of, the case is dropped.
    adjective [not before noun] cognizant of the importance of the case
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cognizance