Essential Word Roots: In the Know: Cogn, Conn

Knowledge is power, so learn these words that derive from the Latin roots cogn and conn, meaning "know, learn."
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  1. cognition
    the psychological result of perception and reasoning
    In humans, psychological stress often involves an understanding of complicated situations, and thus probably requires instructions from regions of the brain’s cortex, which is involved in cognition.Nature (Mar 29, 2020)
  2. cognitive
    relating to or involving the mental process of knowing
    He worried now about whether he would regain full cognitive function, noting moments of memory and attention problems.New York Times (Apr 13, 2020)
  3. cognizant
    having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization
    “While we are all excited about the prospects for new, integrated mobility options, we must be cognizant of its risks and impacts, both for riders and drivers,” he said in his opening statement.Washington Post (Oct 16, 2019)
  4. cognoscente
    an expert able to appreciate a field
    Dozens of black signs tacked on a wooden board list a range of cured meat that would bring tears to the eyes of a cold-cut cognoscente.Washington Post (May 8, 2018)
  5. connoisseur
    an expert able to appreciate a field
    Access to the collection was readily available to distinguished citizens, artists and fellow connoisseurs.Washington Post (Oct 23, 2019)
  6. incognito
    without revealing one's identity
    "Well, the thing is, I don't want to stay at any hotels on the East Side where I might run into some acquaintances of mine. I'm traveling incognito," I said.The Catcher in the Rye
  7. precognition
    knowledge of an event before it occurs
    Polls tend to show that around one-third to one-half of Americans believe in phenomena such as telepathy and precognition.The Guardian (Sep 10, 2018)
  8. recognition
    identifying something or someone by remembering
    The one important phase of training began one day after weeks of really hard work at the “shape recognition” that I mentioned before.Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
  9. recognizance
    a bond requiring someone before a court to perform some act
    A person arrested for trespassing might seem to be a good candidate for release on his own recognizance or low-bond release, he said.Washington Post (Mar 31, 2020)
  10. recognize
    perceive to be something or something you can identify
    As proteins progress along this pathway, at what point do surveillance systems kick in and recognize them as abnormal?Scientific American (Apr 22, 2020)
  11. reconnaissance
    the act of scouting, especially to gain information
    Sergeant Simpson said that, because of Gearhart’s training, they were using our squad on long-range reconnaissance.Fallen Angels
  12. reconnoiter
    explore, often with a goal of finding something or somebody
    Planet, a company in San Francisco that owns swarms of tiny satellites, reconnoitered the secretive nuclear test site.New York Times (Sep 5, 2017)
Created on April 22, 2020 (updated April 22, 2020)

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