[giv-uh n] /ˈgɪv ən/
past participle of .
stated, fixed, or specified:
at a given time.
addicted or disposed (often followed by to):
given to making snide remarks.
bestowed as a ; conferred.
assigned as a basis of calculation, reasoning, etc.:
Given A and B, C follows.
Mathematics. known or independently determined:
a given magnitude.
(on official documents) executed and delivered as of the date shown.
an established fact, condition, factor, etc.
the past participle of give
(postpositive) foll by to. tending (to); inclined or addicted (to)
specific or previously stated
assumed as a premise
(maths) known or determined independently: a given volume
(on official documents) issued or executed, as on a stated date
an assumed fact
(philosophy) the supposed raw data of experience See also sense datum
past participle adjective, late 14c., “allotted, predestined,” from give; also with a noun sense of “fate,” reflecting an important concept in pagan Germanic ideology (Old English had giefeðe in this sense). The modern sense of “what is given, known facts” is from 1879. Given name (1827) so called because given at baptism.
- Give odds
verb phrase To bet or speculate confidently, from a point of advantage: It may not seem so, but I’d give odds those people are faking it (1591+)
- Give of oneself
Give time and energy to an unselfish pursuit. For example, The minister’s sermons always emphasize giving of oneself to the less fortunate. [ c. 1920 ]
- Give one
see other entries beginning with give one and also under give someone
- Give oneself airs
see: put on airs