unknown

un|known1 W2 [ˌʌnˈnəun US -ˈnoun] adj, adv
1.) not known about
The murderer's identity remains unknown .
For some unknown reason , Mark quit his job and moved to Greece.
a voyage through unknown territory
An unknown number of people were killed.
2.) not famous
an unknown artist
3.) unknown to sb
without someone knowing
Unknown to his wife, Ron had been having an affair.
4.) be an unknown quantity
if someone or something is an unknown quantity, you do not know what their abilities are or how they are likely to behave
unknown 2
unknown2 n
1.) someone who is not famous
At that point in her career she was still an unknown.
2.) something that is not known
The long-term effects of the drug are still an unknown.
3.) the unknown
a) a place that is not known about or that has not been visited by humans
The astronauts began their journey into the unknown.
b) things that you do not know or understand
a fear of the unknown

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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