How Do You Spell KNEW?

Pronunciation: [njˈuː] (IPA)

The word "knew" is spelled with the letters K-N-E-W. The IPA phonetic transcription of this word is /njuː/. This transcription reflects the sound of the word, which is pronounced with a long "u" sound, as in "new". The spelling of "knew" does not follow regular English spelling rules, which can make it difficult for English language learners to remember. However, with practice, learners can become fluent in writing and pronouncing this irregular verb.

KNEW Meaning and Definition

  1. Knew is the past tense of the verb "to know." This term refers to the state of being aware or having knowledge or information about something. Knew is used to indicate that the subject possessed knowledge or familiarity with a particular fact, idea, or concept in the past.

    Knew is often associated with comprehension or understanding, as it represents a recognition or awareness of the truth or existence of someone or something. It can imply mental recognition or perception, especially through direct observation, personal experience, or through learning and education. It can also denote familiarity with a person or a place.

    The term can be used in a variety of contexts, such as to express having knowledge of a person's identity, an event that occurred in the past, or a particular skill or subject. For example, "I knew her from my childhood" suggests that the speaker had an acquaintance with the mentioned person in the past. Similarly, "He knew how to play the guitar" implies that the subject possessed the skill of playing the guitar.

    In summary, knew is the past tense form of the verb "to know," signifying a state of being aware or having knowledge about someone or something in the past. It conveys comprehension, recognition, or familiarity based on direct observation, personal experience, or learning.

  2. • Of know, which see.
    • Did know.

    Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Etymology of KNEW

The word knew is the past tense of the verb know. The etymology of know can be traced back to the Old English word cnawan, which meant perceive or recognize. It has roots in the Proto-Germanic language and is related to similar words in other Germanic languages, such as the Dutch kennen and the German kennen. These, in turn, are thought to have originated from the Proto-Indo-European root *gno-, meaning to know.

Idioms with the word KNEW

  • the next thing I knew The definition of the idiom "the next thing I knew" is: Expressing the suddenness or unexpectedness of an event or situation that happens so quickly that it seems like no time had passed since the previous moment or action. It often implies a lack of awareness or anticipation of what comes next.
  • If I knew you were coming, I'd have baked a cake The idiom "If I knew you were coming, I'd have baked a cake" is commonly used as a humorous expression or an example of being caught unprepared. It signifies regret for not being informed or prepared for someone's visit or arrival. The phrase implies that if the speaker had known earlier, they would have made an effort to be better prepared or provide a warmer welcome. Ultimately, it conveys the idea of missed opportunities or a lack of foresight.
  • knew it was coming The idiom "knew it was coming" means to be aware or anticipate that something would happen or occur. It implies being prepared or mentally prepared for a particular event, outcome, or situation.

Similar spelling words for KNEW

Conjugate verb Knew


I would knew
you would knew
he/she/it would knew
we would knew
they would knew
I would know
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you would know
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I would be knowing
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I will know
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I will have known
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I will have been knowing
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you know
we let´s know


to know


I knew
you knew
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we knew
they knew


I was knowing
you were knowing
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I had known
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I had been knowing
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I know
you know
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I am knowing
you are knowing
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I have known
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I have been knowing
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