learn, know

Quick Summary

A Latin word meaning ‘to learn’ gives rise to the English word root cogn. Primarily because of French, the root conn also comes from this root. A readily recognizable word that comes to mind which uses this root, is, well, recognize! What else can we acquaint you with to help you ‘learn’ this root?

Mental Cogs Cognition

A Latin word meaning ‘to learn’ gives rise to the English word roots cogn and conn.

We have much to ‘learn’ in this post, which may take some cognition on your part, or mental process of ‘learning.’

When a person recognizes another, he gets to ‘learn’ about her ‘again,’ since he has presumably met her before. The more we are cognizant, or ‘learned’ about our acquaintances, the more we continue to ‘learn’ about them.

If you possess precognition, or ‘foreknowledge,’ you have ‘learned’ something ‘before’ most people would be able to, for you can foretell the future.

Are you a cognoscente of French cuisine, ‘having learned’ all the ins and outs of haute cuisine? Or might you be a connoisseur of sushi, ‘knowing’ much of its fishy art?

A typical military maneuver is to reconnoiter an area, ‘learning’ a little about it ‘beforehand’ in order to be more prepared when going there. This act usually involves a spy sneaking in incognito, or ‘not learned’ about by anyone. The spy gathers information in this reconnaissance mission, where things are ‘learned about before’ the whole army goes in to attack.

Your cognitive or ‘learning’ cogs are now well greased, having been much enhanced by your handy recognition of the word root cogn.

  1. cognition: ‘learning’ process
  2. recognize: ‘learn again’
  3. cognizant: ‘learned’
  4. precognition: ‘learning beforehand’
  5. cognoscenti: those ‘having learned’
  6. connoisseur: one who has ‘learned’
  7. reconnoiter: ‘learn beforehand’
  8. incognito: ‘not learned’ about by others
  9. reconnaissance: a ‘learning about before’
  10. cognitive: ‘pertaining to learning’


  • incognito

    Someone who is going around incognito is using a false name and/or has changed their appearance in order not to be recognized.

  • cognitive

    Cognitive describes those things related to judgment, memory, and other mental processes of knowing.

  • recognizance

    A recognizance is a promise or formal bond made to a court that someone will attend all court hearings and will not engage in further illegal activity.

  • cognoscenti

    The cognoscenti of a society are those people who are experts or have a superior range of knowledge in a subject, primarily the fine arts.

  • recognize

    If you recognize someone, you know them when you see them because you have seen, learned about, or met them in the past.

  • cognition

    the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning

  • cognizance

    having knowledge of

  • cognizant

    (sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception

  • cognoscente

    an expert able to appreciate a field

  • precognition

    knowledge of an event before it occurs

  • recognition

    the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged

  • recognizable

    easily perceived

  • unrecognizable

    defying recognition as e.g. because of damage or alteration

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