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Ken (kĕn), n. [Perh. from kennel.] A house; esp., one which is a resort for thieves. [Slang, Eng.]
Ken, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kenned (kĕnd); p. pr. & vb. n. Kenning.] [OE. kennen to teach, make known, know, AS. cennan to make known, proclaim, or rather from the related Icel. kenna to know; akin to D. & G. kennen to know, Goth. kannjan to make known; orig., a causative corresponding to AS. cunnan to know, Goth. kunnan. √45. See Can to be able, Know.] 1. To know; to understand; to take cognizance of. [Archaic or Scot.]
2. To recognize; to descry; to discern. [Archaic or Scot.] “We ken them from afar.” Addison
'T is he. I ken the manner of his gait. Shak.
Ken, v. i. To look around. [Obs.] Burton.
Ken, n. Cognizance; view; especially, reach of sight or knowledge. “Beyond his ken.” Longfellow.
Above the reach and ken of a mortal apprehension. South.
It was relief to quit the ken Trench.
And the inquiring looks of men.