mis·​give | \ ˌmis-ˈgiv How to pronounce misgive (audio) \
misgave\ ˌmis-​ˈgāv How to pronounce misgive (audio) \; misgiven\ ˌmis-​ˈgi-​vən How to pronounce misgive (audio) \; misgiving

Definition of misgive

transitive verb

: to suggest doubt or fear to

intransitive verb

: to be fearful or apprehensive

Examples of misgive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pompeo aired that misgiving about safety standards at Chinese labs while elaborating on President Trump’s frustration with the WHO. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Pompeo calls for international inspections of Chinese labs that study viruses," 22 Apr. 2020 Not without a touch of misgiving, Edward heeds the advice of Alice and ventures into the unlocked house. Washington Post, "‘Draugen’ is a picturesque game about delusional thinking," 6 June 2019 But White House officials expressed increasing misgiving about the scandals surrounding the former Oklahoma attorney general. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "Embattled Scott Pruitt Resigns as EPA Administrator," 5 July 2018 An extraordinary painterly sensitivity expressed itself in the person of a young black male, the locus of terror and misgiving in a racist society. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of misgive

circa 1535, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Misgive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misgive. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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