Definition of take cognizance of in US English:

take cognizance of

phrase

formal
  • Attend to; take account of.

    • ‘So whether I like it or not, I have to take cognisance of what he concocts in his own little mind.’
    • ‘We were certainly unfortunate not to have taken any cognizance of it before hand, otherwise, we would have not been taken aback.’
    • ‘This interpretation is a mistake because it takes no cognisance of the earlier attempts to make the abuse known.’
    • ‘The school authorities too were inquiring into the matter when the board took cognisance of the complaint.’
    • ‘This fact has been taken cognisance of by the police too.’
    • ‘The employer needs to take cognisance of whether the goods are new, secondhand, manufactured by the employer or transferred at a discounted price.’
    • ‘Supposing you are currently an important participant in a vital endeavour, you may gain a lot by taking cognisance of what is uttered by those on the sidelines.’
    • ‘The deed of supervision is the key document that the statutory supervisors are obliged to look at and take cognisance of when dealing with operators.’
    • ‘That being so, the church now formally takes cognizance of what they have been doing, and thus of what they are.’
    • ‘They also took cognisance of the fact that it was a listed building and that any proposal should be sympathetic to its history, architectural character and location.’
    take into account, take into consideration, bargain for, bargain on, allow for, anticipate, foresee, be prepared for, plan for
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