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Knowledge, 1) the knowing a fact or truth, the having a clear perception or certain information of it: “being come to k. that there was complaint intended,” Meas. V, 153. “I speak it in the freedom of my k.” Wint. I, 1, 13. “which does behove my k. thereof to be informed,” I, 2, 395. “alack, for lesser k.” II, 1, 38 (would I knew less). “his k. is not infected,” II, 1, 38 “when you shall come to clearer k.” II, 1, 38 “let him have k. who I am,” II, 2, 2. “something rare even then will rush to k.” III, 1, 21. “shall nothing benefit your k.” IV, 4, 514. “unthrifty to our k.” V, 2, 121. “hath by instinct k. from others' eyes that what he feared is chanced,” H4B I, 1, 86. “let us have k.” H6A II, 1, 4. “without the king's assent or k.” H8 III, 2, 310. H8 III, 2, 310 “call my thought a certain k.” Troil. IV, 1, 41. “I will not seal your k. with showing them,” Cor. II, 3, 115. “be innocent of the k.” Mcb. III, 2, 45. “from some k. and assurance,” Lr. III, 1, 41. “and to this hour no guess in k. which way they went,” Cymb. I, 1, 60. “thou shalt kneel and justify in k. she is thy very princess,” Per. V, 1, 219. With of: “let me the k. of my fault bear with me,” As I, 3, 48. “if thou delay me not the k. of his chin,” III, 2, 222. “that upon k. of my parentage I may have welcome,” Shr. II, 96. “the certain k. of that truth,” John I, 1, 61. “has he had k. of it?” H8 V, 3, 4. “I shall ere long have k. of my success,” Cor. V, 1, 61.
2) the knowing a person, acquaintance: “if your k. be more,” Meas. III, 2, 156. “love talks with better k., and k. with dearer love,” Meas. III, 2, 156 Meas. III, 2, 156 “I shall desire more love and k. of you,” As I, 2, 297. “I have a desire to hold my acquaintance with thee, or rather my k., that I may say in the default, he is a man I know,” All's II, 3, 241. “take you, as 'twere, some distant k. of him,” Hml. II, 1, 13. Euphemism for sexual commerce: “had I not brought the k. of your mistress home,” Cymb. II, 4, 51. “more particulars must justify my k.” Cymb. II, 4, 51 k. of one's self == either the knowing one's self, or consciousness: “I profit in the k. of myself,” Tw. V, 21. “would bear thee from the k. of thyself,” John V, 2, 35. “lose the k. of themselves,” Lr. IV, 6, 291. cf. “the k. of mine own desert,” Sonn. 49, 10. K. alone == consciousness: “to mope with his fat-brained followers so far out of his k.” H5 III, 7, 144 (so to lose all reason and reflection). “by the marks of sovereignty, k. and reason,” Lr. I, 4, 253. “poisoned hours had bound me up from mine own k.” Ant. II, 2, 91.
3) that which one knows, manner and degree of information: “from thine eyes my k. I derive,” Sonn. 14, 9. “some oracle must rectify our k.” Tp. V, 245. “shall you on your k. find this way?” Meas. IV, 1, 37. “a good opinion of my k.” As V, 2, 60. “say to the king the k. of the broil as thou didst leave it,” Mcb. I, 2, 6 (that which was known at that moment). “more than mortal k.” I, 5, 3. “dare not speak their k.” Ant. IV, 12, 6. “my k. touching her flight,” Cymb. III, 5, 99. in my k. == for aught I know: “that in your k. may by me be done,” Merch. I, 1, 159. “in mine own direct k. he is a most notable coward,” Alls III, 6, 9. to my k. and on my k., in the same sense: R2 II, 3, 38; R3 I, 3, 109. All's IV, 3, 220. H4B V, 1, 46.
4) learning, mental accomplishment, skill, experience: “thou art as fair in k. as in hue,” Sonn. 82, 5. “if k. be the mark, to know thee shall suffice,” Pilgr. 63 and LLL IV, 2, 115. “less in your k. and your grace you show not than our earth's wonder,” Err. III, 2, 31. “that angel k.” LLL I, 1, 113. “where now his k. must prove ignorance,” II, 103. “how prove you that in the great heap of your k.?” As I, 2, 73. “O k. ill inhabited,” III, 3, 10. “if k. could be set up against mortality,” All's I, 1, 35. “ensconcing ourselves into seeming k.” II, 3, 5. “he is very great in k.” II, 5, 9. “feed your k. with viewing of the town,” Tw. III, 3, 41. “k. the wing wherewith we fly to heaven,” H6B IV, 7, 79. “be governed by your k.” Lr. IV, 7, 19. “I mine own gained k. should profane,” Oth. I, 3, 390. “being mature in k.” Ant. I, 4, 31. “leave unexecuted your own renowned k.” III, 7, 46. “which by my k. found,” Per. I, 2, 77. “your k.” III, 2, 46. With in: “he has no more k. in Hibocrates,” Wiv. III, 1, 66. “of great expedition and k. in the ancient wars,” H5 III, 2, 83. “the true k. he has in their disposition,” Cor. II, 2, 15. “her k. in killing creatures vile,” Cymb. V, 5, 251.
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