Cognizant is a tough word to be used when you have to assure someone that you are aware of your duties and responsibilities. But, well that is how English is, it can be tough, but fascinating at the same time. It is an adjective.
Origin: Its first usage dates back to 1810-20 and has originated from the union of two words .i.e. cognizance and ant. Cognizance is a noun, meaning awareness of something and ant is a suffix, which forms adjective and nouns from verbs.
Pronunciation: kog-nuh-zuhnt, kon-uh-
Meanings of cognizant
1) Someone being fully aware of something .e.g. his/her responsibilities
2) Someone being conscious of something
Master tip to learn cognizant
Cognizant can be learnt easily with the help of the word coincident, as the two words sound alike to some extent. However, to relate the words further, to make the learning easier, we can say he was cognizant of the situation, which was a mere coincidence.
Sentence examples for cognizant
1. He was cognizant of the paradox that situation has instilled in his life. (Adjective)
2. He cognizantly moved ahead to achieve his goal. (Adverb)
3. He is cognizant of his responsibilities as the dean of the institute. (Adjective)
4. Cognizance of difficulties made his work easier. (Noun)