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given

adjective giv·en \ ˈgi-vən \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of given

1 : prone, disposed
  • given to swearing
2 : presented as a gift : bestowed without compensation
3 a : particular, specified
  • at a given time
b : assumed as actual or hypothetical : granted
  • given that all are equal before the law
4 of an official document : having been executed : dated
5 : immediately present in experience

Examples of given in a Sentence

  1. a quiet man not given to loud expressions of emotion

  2. candidates for the quiz show must complete the qualifying test within a given amount of time

Recent Examples of given from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of given

see 1give


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given

noun

Definition of given

: something given; especially : something taken for granted : a basic condition or assumption
  • It is a given that we are in an age of relentless competition.

Examples of given in a Sentence

  1. In our system it is a given that all are equal before the law.

  2. it's a given that television viewers are influenced by advertising, even consciously or subconsciously

Recent Examples of given from the Web

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First Known Use of given

1879


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given

preposition

Definition of given

: in view of : considering
  • given what she knew about others' lives, how could she complain about her own?
  • —Marilyn French

First Known Use of given

1904



GIVEN Defined for English Language Learners

given

adjective

Definition of given for English Language Learners

  • —used to refer to a particular time, place, etc., that has been, will be, or might be specified


given

noun

Definition of given for English Language Learners

  • : something that is regarded or accepted as true or real : a basic fact or assumption


GIVEN Defined for Kids

given

adjective giv·en \ ˈgi-vən \

Definition of given for Students

1 : being likely to have or do something
  • They are given to quarreling.
2 : decided on beforehand
  • We meet at a given time.


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