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1. Perception; understanding: complex issues well beyond our ken.
a. Range of vision.
b. View; sight.
v. kenned or kent (kĕnt), ken·ning, kens Scots
1. To know (a person or thing).
2. To recognize.
To have knowledge or an understanding.
[From Middle English kennen (influenced by Old Norse kenna, to know), from Old English cennan, to declare; see gnō- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
range of knowledge or perception (esp in the phrases beyond or in one's ken)
vb, kens, kenning, kenned or kent (kɛnt)
1. dialect Scot and Northern English to know
2. dialect Scot and Northern English to understand; perceive
3. (tr) archaic to see
[Old English cennan; related to Old Norse kenna to perceive, Old High German kennen to make known; see can1]
n., v. kenned kent, ken•ning. n.
1. knowledge or understanding: an idea beyond one's ken.
2. range of sight or vision.v.t.
3. Chiefly Scot. to understand or know about.
4. Archaic. to see; recognize.v.i.
5. Chiefly Scot. to know; understand.
[before 900; Middle English kennen to make known, see, know, Old English cennan to make known, declare; c. Old High German chennen, Old Norse kenna, Gothic kannjan; akin to can1]
Past participle: kenned
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|Noun||1.||ken - range of what one can know or understand; "beyond my ken"|
knowing - a clear and certain mental apprehension
|2.||ken - the range of vision; "out of sight of land"|
beyond someone's ken beyond the knowledge of, beyond the comprehension of, beyond the understanding of, beyond the acquaintance of, beyond the awareness of, beyond the cognizance of beyond the ken of the average layman
1. Scots. To perceive directly with the intellect: