Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

cognizant of

cognizant of
Meaning(s)
1) understand or be aware of something
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional LowSocial
    • be fully cognizant of something
  • Analysis
     To be 'cognizant of' something is to be aware of or have an understanding of something: "It seems apparent that most of our staff was cognizant of the underhand deals that were taking place here." "Please ensure all involved are cognizant of the changes to the process." This is a verb that is more likely to be used in formal or professional contexts. Similar phrases include 'be aware of' and 'be informed on'.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Alex couldn't wait to begin his year backpacking around Asia, but his mother was worried that he was still somewhat naive and not fully cognizant of the potential dangers he may face.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The Manager liked her staff to take all customer complaints seriously but also wanted them to be cognizant of the fact that not every complaint was justified or made in good faith.
    2. What makes Frank such a good boss is that he knows where his strengths lie, and is cognizant of the need to delegate in situations where his expertise is lacking.
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