Definition of cognize in English:


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transitive verb

(also British cognise)
[with object] formal
  • Perceive, know, or become aware of.

    ‘what the novel cognizes, discerns, knows’
    • ‘In fact, one way to tell a young soul from an old soul is to observe how quickly he cognizes his error and learns not to repeat the same mistake.’
    • ‘The distinction between intuitive and abstractive cognition does not depend on the object at all; the very same object can be cognized in both an intuitive and an abstractive way.’
    • ‘It will also identify and cognize the categories, regularities and principles of warfare in interconnection with the general knowledge about the war.’
    • ‘Materialists understand that ‘we cognize an objective world that is independent of us.’’
    • ‘But if Being can be recognised, can it really be cognised?’
    • ‘It is self-existent truth, and cognizing it is an act of revealing its validity because cognition is intrinsically absolutely reliable.’
    • ‘It's like they're uncomfortable cognizing the baby until they know.’
    • ‘We assume that actions provide the particular moments for apprehending and hence for experientially cognizing the person.’
    • ‘Art is one of the means at our disposal for cognizing reality.’
    • ‘In this verse, the worshipper is cognizing God as the only immutable principle, the source of all creation.’
    • ‘The hollow of the bell symbolizes the wisdom cognizing emptiness.’
    • ‘Philosophy finds and explains: how and with the aid of which logical assets this or that science cognizes the truth about its own subject of investigation.’
    • ‘Cognitive approaches to this problem have to grapple with how one cognizes reality and how one cognizes the emotions that result from the experience of that reality.’
    • ‘Science cognizes life with the help of concepts, art with the aid of images in the form of living, sensual contemplation.’
    • ‘Art cognizes reality by its own means, which are more indirect and roundabout, than those of science or historiography.’
    • ‘He quickly cognized the need for an external structure with which to manage and nurture a growing congregation.’
    • ‘After all, one of art's purposes is to cognize the world.’
    • ‘Through this play we are constantly reminded that children are not mini-adults, but that they cognise the world in a very special way.’
    • ‘Philo differentiated between the existence of God, which could be demonstrated, and the nature of God which humans are not able to cognize.’
    • ‘At the same time, we also have the ability to know, to cognize, which is also something natural and unmade.’
    find out, discover, come to know, get to know, work out, make out, fathom, fathom out, become aware of, learn, ferret out, dig out, dig up, establish, fix, determine, settle, decide, verify, make certain of, confirm, deduce, divine, intuit, diagnose, discern, perceive, see, realize, appreciate, identify, pin down, recognize, register, understand, grasp, take in, comprehend



/ˈkäɡnīz/ /ˈkɑɡnaɪz/


Early 19th century from cognizance, on the pattern of words such as recognize.