Definition of knowingly in English:

knowingly

adverb

  • 1In a way that suggests one has secret knowledge or awareness.

    ‘Amy looked at me knowingly’
    • ‘His mother smiles knowingly at his typically honest assessment.’
    • ‘She nods knowingly at the woman's frustration, vowing to stop by the coffee shop the next time she's in Farmington.’
    • ‘Cecil, meanwhile, became bolder with every minute, and looked at Gus, knowingly.’
    • ‘The two men laughed and looked knowingly at each other, then disappeared around the corner.’
    • ‘Everyone laughed and nodded knowingly as Crystal joked about offending her roommate with her stinky jars of Asian food.’
    • ‘But he smiled knowingly and disappeared briefly, returning to say they were expected.’
    • ‘Then, any time the person looks at you after that, smile knowingly or wink at them.’
    • ‘And you would love to be the one to help, he thought knowingly, smiling and rising.’
    • ‘"I don't want to be shattered," he says, smiling knowingly.’
    • ‘"I think you'll like him," he added knowingly.’
    • ‘Focused on the game, Mortlock wondered what his rival was about and seeing nothing but an expression of boyish anticipation, he smiled knowingly.’
    • ‘The mushroom cloud exploded over Aspen and lingered for the following 24 hours or so, as we all just scratched our heads and nodded knowingly to each other.’
    • ‘Her eyes glance knowingly at the little computer and then back to us.’
    • ‘He toys knowingly with the historical resonances and ontological possibilities of film, a perennial concern of French cinema and French film theory.’
    • ‘The Hitchhiker smiled knowingly.’
    deliberately, intentionally, consciously, wittingly, with full knowledge, in full awareness, with one's eyes open, on purpose, by design, calculatedly, premeditatedly, studiedly, wilfully, purposefully, willingly
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  • 2In full awareness or consciousness; deliberately.

    ‘when a journalist knowingly misleads their readers’
    • ‘The author refers to a conflict of which he either has little understanding, or knowingly distorts the truth.’
    • ‘The evaluator is kept blind to the controls to prevent him or her from subtly tipping off the subject, either knowingly or unknowingly.’
    • ‘The swearing of an untrue affidavit of documents is perhaps the most obvious example of conduct which his solicitor cannot knowingly permit.’
    • ‘He appears to have been the kind of performer who would never knowingly reject an offer of employment or disappoint a paying audience.’
    • ‘Only a fool, weight enforcement officers say, knowingly drives an overweight truck into a weigh station.’
    • ‘She said she had never knowingly touched the incident log.’
    • ‘Here we can see how celebrities, whether knowingly or not, can easily exploit the weaknesses of small impoverished states.’
    • ‘Whether the government of the day knowingly suppressed the evidence is a matter for tabloid debate.’
    • ‘You should never knowingly consent to your own interview or conversation being tape-recorded without making a tape of your own.’
    • ‘You have to prove that an employer knowingly hired them.’
    • ‘I know it is wrong to knowingly cause pain to others.’
    • ‘In fact, one of the settlers knowingly built a house on a surveyed roadway.’
    • ‘However, we will not knowingly list any business that engages in illegal or immoral activity of any kind.’
    • ‘They include on the spot fines for any pub, club or member of their bar staff knowingly serving alcohol to someone who is already drunk.’
    • ‘The bill also introduces a new power to obtain search warrants when an offence of knowingly possessing objectionable material is suspected.’
    • ‘I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug.’
    • ‘He was blunt but did not hurt anyone's feelings knowingly.’
    • ‘This blurring of motives and roles is even more the case when the photographer is knowingly involved in the atrocities.’
    • ‘And this overextension of projects was knowingly incorporated into the plan.’
    • ‘But even if he knowingly told a falsehood simply to get more credibility, that would be serious professional misconduct.’

Pronunciation

knowingly

/ˈnəʊɪŋli/