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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ken \Ken\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kenned (k[e^]nd); 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. [root]45. See Can to be able, Know.] 1. To know; to understand; to take cognizance of. [Archaic or Scot.] [1913 Webster] 2. To recognize; to descry; to discern. [Archaic or Scot.] "We ken them from afar." --Addison [1913 Webster] 'T is he. I ken the manner of his gait. --Shak. [1913 Webster]