- past participle of give.
- stated, fixed, or specified: at a given time.
- addicted or disposed (often followed by to): given to making snide remarks.
- bestowed as a gift; 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.
Examples from the Web for givens
“His tone of voice, too, was audibly less forceful than it normally is,” Givens continued.Christie’s Body Language Suggests He Didn’t Believe What He Said
January 10, 2014
But the negotiators on both sides understand these givens, and they are more or less ready for them.Iranian Bombs and Black Swans in the Nuclear Negotiations
December 17, 2013
Givens was sitting in her car with a figure with “flowing blonde hair.”
After his divorce from Givens, Tyson continued to see her from time to time.
For Givens, a return to Harlan County is a return to everything he fought hard to get away from.Justified: Talking to Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins
April 5, 2011
In the end the rumour drove them from Givens, and in this manner.Two Sides of the Face
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Givens staked his horse, and spread out his saddle blankets to dry.
The "rucus," as Givens called it afterward, was brief and somewhat confused.
An' Givens an' Link will send 'em through, to hell—an' then some.
Link was still on the floor when Givens leaped into the cabin.
- 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 independentlya given volume
- (on official documents) issued or executed, as on a stated date
- an assumed fact
- philosophy the supposed raw data of experienceSee also sense datum
Word Origin and History for givens
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.