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 Because their most significant stakeholders hold disparate opinions on any given issue. Kathy Miller Perkins, Forbes, "Facing Unending Political And Social Challenges, Wise Leaders Prepare To Respond," 9 Apr. 2021 So much for ideas that have actual culinary merit, or at least the potential to please a few of the people in any given room. al, "Peepza: There are some decent Peeps recipes out there. This isn’t one of them.," 4 Apr. 2021 My guess is there’s just a BLE beacon broadcasting that at any given moment that the iPhones pick up on. Chris Smith, BGR, "A top leaker might’ve just revealed pricing for a first-of-its-kind Apple product," 26 Mar. 2021 At any given moment, a leader will need to leverage their EQ. Jenn Lofgren, Forbes, "Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Don't Shut Off Their Emotions—They Manage Them," 17 Mar. 2021 Predictably, there are always a handful of these big Benz four-doors for sale around the world at any given moment, but adopting one of these cars into the family is not for the faint of heart, and most have real needs after all these years. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "Under the Hood: This Reborn Version of the Mercedes “Red Pig” Has Us in Hog Heaven," 2 Mar. 2021 Analytics will tell you which channels are most effective for given populations. Sean Slovenski, Forbes, "Four Ways Tech Leaders Can Support Workforce Health In 2021," 1 Mar. 2021 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 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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23 Apr 2021

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“Given.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 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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