MEANING: verb tr.: To perceive; to understand; to know.

ETYMOLOGY: Back-formation from cognizance, via French from Latin cognoscere (to learn). Ultimately from the Indo-European root gno- (to know), which is also the source of know, recognize, acquaint, ignore, diagnosis, notice, normal, anagnorisis (the moment of recognition or discovery), and prosopagnosia (inability to recognize faces). Earliest documented use: 1659.

COIGNIZE - to turn a corner; to place the keystone in an arch; to insert two stepped wedges to fill up space

COGNITE - a word in a foreign language that comes from the same origin as Austrailian word

CYGNIZE - a fancy word meant to hide the fact that you're calling something ugly (like the Ugly Duckling)