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Definition of ken verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ken

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ken//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ken//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ken
BrE BrE//ken//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ken//
 
he / she / it kens
BrE BrE//kenz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kenz//
 
past simple kenned
BrE BrE//kend//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kend//
 
past participle kenned
BrE BrE//kend//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kend//
 
-ing form kenning
BrE BrE//ˈkenɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkenɪŋ//
 
 
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(kenning, kenned) [intransitive, transitive] ken (something) | ken (that)… | ken what, where, etc… (Scottish English, Northern British English) to know Kent is the usual form of the past tense used in Scotland. Word Origin Old English cennan ‘tell, make known’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German kennen ‘know, be acquainted with’, from an Indo-European root shared by can and know. Current senses of the verb date from Middle English; the noun from the mid 16th cent.