Definition of cognizant in English:


(also cognisant)


  • Having knowledge or awareness.

    ‘statesmen must be cognizant of the political boundaries within which they work’
    • ‘Men should always be cognizant of the fact that the women they seek to court are daughters, sisters, or even mothers.’
    • ‘He is highly cognizant of Russia's historical, seminal role in Europe and Asia and, hence, the world.’
    • ‘For the first time since she had left the fort, she looked fully alive to him, cognizant, aware that she existed.’
    • ‘I suspect the architects are entirely cognizant of these principles and use them to their absolute advantage.’
    • ‘Remember that bonds will ultimately be a hidden cost, so be cognizant of what bonds you require in your contract.’
    • ‘He was slipping at that point, and I don't think he was too cognizant of anything or anybody.’
    • ‘For myself, I am entirely cognizant of the moral case for war.’
    • ‘‘We're very cognisant and sensitive of the fact that we're reaching a large audience of varying demographics and we really don't want to shock people in a visceral way,’ he says.’
    • ‘We are very cognizant of the subject of our correspondence.’
    • ‘There is a great struggle that goes on when you try to wake yourself, when you are cognizant that you are in a dream state, but know you need to get out of it.’
    • ‘So we are very cognizant of the fact that they need rest and respite care.’
    • ‘It is impossible for her not to cognizant of the situation.’
    • ‘I have strived to be conscious of the political culture, and cognisant of the mandate and authority accorded to ministers through the democratic political process.’
    • ‘I wonder if the experts are truly cognizant of the unnecessary chasm that separates the layman from the cultured.’
    • ‘People should be cognizant and aware of what's going on around them.’
    • ‘You don't think that they're not cognizant of the impact on the campaign?’
    • ‘Most boxers really do know what they're doing and are fully cognizant of the choices they've made.’
    • ‘We were pretty cognizant of how real headbangers would react.’
    • ‘Journalists have to choose their words carefully, tell their truth, by all means, but be cognisant that people out there deserve to be treated with respect.’
    • ‘Further, it is not that economists are not cognizant of the restrictive nature of rational self-interest.’
    aware, conscious, apprised, abreast
    sensible of, sensible to, alive to, sensitive to, alert to, familiar with, acquainted with, in the know about, au fait with, conversant with, au courant with, up with, well versed in, knowledgeable about, well informed about, no stranger to
    well up on, genned up on, clued in on, wise to, hip to
    ware of
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Early 19th century: probably directly from cognizance.