Wot
Wit Wit (w[i^]t), v. t. & i. [inf. (To) {Wit}; pres. sing. {Wot}; pl. {Wite}; imp. {Wist(e)}; p. p. {Wist}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wit(t)ing}. See the Note below.] [OE. witen, pres. ich wot, wat, I know (wot), imp. wiste, AS. witan, pres. w[=a]t, imp. wiste, wisse; akin to OFries. wita, OS. witan, D. weten, G. wissen, OHG. wizzan, Icel. vita, Sw. veta, Dan. vide, Goth. witan to observe, wait I know, Russ. vidiete to see, L. videre, Gr. ?, Skr. vid to know, learn; cf. Skr. vid to find. ????. Cf. {History}, {Idea}, {Idol}, {-oid}, {Twit}, {Veda}, {Vision}, {Wise}, a. & n., {Wot}.] To know; to learn. ``I wot and wist alway.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Note: The present tense was inflected as follows; sing. 1st pers. wot; 2d pers. wost, or wot(t)est; 3d pers. wot, or wot(t)eth; pl. witen, or wite. The following variant forms also occur; pres. sing. 1st & 3d pers. wat, woot; pres. pl. wyten, or wyte, weete, wote, wot; imp. wuste (Southern dialect); p. pr. wotting. Later, other variant or corrupt forms are found, as, in Shakespeare, 3d pers. sing. pres. wots. [1913 Webster]

Brethren, we do you to wit [make you to know] of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia. --2 Cor. viii. 1. [1913 Webster]

Thou wost full little what thou meanest. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

We witen not what thing we prayen here. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

When that the sooth in wist. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Note: This verb is now used only in the infinitive, to wit, which is employed, especially in legal language, to call attention to a particular thing, or to a more particular specification of what has preceded, and is equivalent to namely, that is to say. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Wot — Wot, 1st & 3d pers. sing. pres. of {Wit}, to know. See the {Note} under {Wit}, v. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it. Acts iii. 17. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • WOT — (англ. Wheel of Time) цикл литературных произведений американского писателя Роберта Джордана в стиле эпической фэнтези. WoT (англ. Web of Trust) инструмент для оценки рейтинга веб сайтов. WoT (англ. World of Tanks) компьютерная… …   Википедия

  • WoT — (англ. Wheel of Time) цикл литературных произведений американского писателя Роберта Джордана в стиле эпической фэнтези. WoT (англ. Web of Trust) инструмент для оценки рейтинга веб сайтов. WoT (англ. World of Tanks) компьютерная… …   Википедия

  • wot — is sometimes used in writing to represent what , to show that someone is speaking very informally or that they are being humorous. [BRIT, INFORMAL] Cor, wot brilliant prizes! …   English dictionary

  • WOT — ist die Abkürzung für Web of Trust Web of Trust (Bewertungsplattform) Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeichneter Begriffe …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • wot — /wot/, v. Archaic. first and third pers. sing. pres. of wit2. [ME woot, OE wat; c. G weiss, ON veit, Goth wait, Gk oîda, I have seen, I know, Skt veda; see WIT2] * * * …   Universalium

  • wot — [wɔt US wa:t, wʌt] BrE an informal spelling of ↑what …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wot — to know (archaic), from O.E. wat, first and third person singular present indicative of witan to know, from P.Gmc. *wait (see WIT (Cf. wit) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • wot — [wät] vt., vi. 1st & 3d pers. sing., pres. indic., of WIT2 …   English World dictionary

  • WOT — The English word wot has fallen into disuse. Originally used as the first and second person conjugation for Old English witan ; the equivalent to the verb to know. It can also refer to:Wot* Wot , a homophone representation of the word , often… …   Wikipedia

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