giv·​en | \ ˈgi-vən How to pronounce given (audio) \

Definition of given

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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



Definition of given (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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.



Definition of given (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for given

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of given in a Sentence

Adjective a quiet man not given to loud expressions of emotion candidates for the quiz show must complete the qualifying test within a given amount of time Noun In our system it is a given that all are equal before the law. it's a given that television viewers are influenced by advertising, even consciously or subconsciously
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And that’s the most challenging part of assessing this franchise in the given moment. Scott Kushner,, "Kushner: Difference between good and bad Pelicans is often dependent on Lonzo Ball's play," 4 Feb. 2021 At any given moment in time and space, energy can never be perfectly zero—there is always some wiggle room. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, "The Cosmological Constant Is Physics’ Most Embarrassing Problem," 1 Feb. 2021 These resources are nonpartisan, created in partnership with organizations representing the range of experiences and opinions about any given issue. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Too many Thanksgiving or Election Day disagreements? Here's how to have a better argument," 26 Nov. 2020 These aren't necessarily the best deals on iPads at any given moment as each sale carries multiple discounts, but this will give you an idea of what's on offer at major retailers. Lauren Levy, NBC News, "Best Black Friday Apple deals 2020: Apple Watch, AirPods and more," 27 Nov. 2020 At any given moment, there are struggles that may seem insurmountable. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Thanksgiving reflection on the power of gratitude: Sun Messages," 23 Nov. 2020 At any given moment, my garage is loaded with at least a dozen rolls of foil and an assortment of disposable foil pans. Chuck Blount,, "Chuck’s Food Shack: Cooking seafood in foil packets makes for an ocean’s bounty of options," 23 Nov. 2020 Even quite junior staff would sometimes hear quite senior staff pooh-pooh any need to dig deeper for pertinent information on a given issue. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "Bush Doesn’t Look Better in Hindsight. He Looks Worse.," 23 Nov. 2020 In any given moment, Trump’s behavior may seem confounding, vexing, self-defeating, unconscionable, unpredictable. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "The Rise of COVID Denial," 31 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That had coach James Borrego stressing that there would be no givens with his lineups going forward. Ira Winderman,, "Winderman: Reconfigured Heat get to see how others reinvented | Commentary," 30 Nov. 2019 Cassidy has David Krejci, Jake DeBrusk, and Coyle as his three givens on his second and third lines., "However, the other three lines scored only twice (Ritchie and Danton Heinen) across 12 periods. One week is a tiny sample size, to be sure, but the tepid production served as a reminder that secondary scoring, a key to the Cup drive last spring, ultimately will have to be mined.," 12 Oct. 2019 And though both are givens in fashion drops around their respective season, corduroy still hasn't totally shed its nostalgic veneer. Ana Colón, Glamour, "The Best Corduroy Pieces to Shop for Fall 2018," 22 Sep. 2018 Getty There are a few givens in the life of a professional tennis player: constant training, a calorie-pinching diet, and global travel for 11 months out of the year. Jeryl Lippe, Condé Nast Traveler, "Venus Williams and Rafael Nadal Told Us Their Dream Vacations," 27 Aug. 2018 Of that group, Friedrich and Cosart are far from givens to return – at least on major league deals. Jeff Sanders,, "Friar talk: Early look at Padres' 2018 payroll," 11 Oct. 2017 To Jones, there are two givens, his enduring love for South Florida, with an upcoming return to his Southwest Ranches home in summer, and an abiding respect for the Heat's culture. Ira Winderman,, "Winderman: Faith in Heat future extends beyond organization itself | Commentary," 14 July 2018 Tennessee's defense will be one of the great givens of the 2018-19 season. Patrick Stevens,, "Way-too-early projection of the 2019 NCAA tournament field: Loyola the only team from Illinois again," 3 Apr. 2018 Although people are born with some biological givens, the brain has many blank pages. Rob Verger, Newsweek, "Newsweek Rewind: 15 Years After Columbine, a Nation Still Asks ‘Why?’," 17 Apr. 2014

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First Known Use of given


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1879, in the meaning defined above


1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for given


Middle English yiven, given "presented as a gift, freely bestowed," from past participle of given "to give entry 1"

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The first known use of given was in the 14th century

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22 Feb 2021

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“Given.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of given

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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



English Language Learners Definition of given (Entry 2 of 3)

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



English Language Learners Definition of given (Entry 3 of 3)

used to indicate something that is being assumed or considered often used in the phrase given that


giv·​en | \ ˈgi-vən How to pronounce given (audio) \

Kids Definition of given

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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