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given

[giv-uh n]
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verb
  1. past participle of give.
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adjective
  1. stated, fixed, or specified: at a given time.
  2. addicted or disposed (often followed by to): given to making snide remarks.
  3. bestowed as a gift; conferred.
  4. assigned as a basis of calculation, reasoning, etc.: Given A and B, C follows.
  5. Mathematics. known or independently determined: a given magnitude.
  6. (on official documents) executed and delivered as of the date shown.
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noun
  1. an established fact, condition, factor, etc.
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Related formsself-giv·en, adjectiveun·giv·en, adjective
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  • 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.

    The Trail Horde

    Charles Alden Seltzer

  • Link was still on the floor when Givens leaped into the cabin.

    The Trail Horde

    Charles Alden Seltzer


British Dictionary definitions for givens

given

verb
  1. the past participle of give
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adjective
  1. (postpositive foll by to) tending (to); inclined or addicted (to)
  2. specific or previously stated
  3. assumed as a premise
  4. maths known or determined independentlya given volume
  5. (on official documents) issued or executed, as on a stated date
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noun
  1. an assumed fact
  2. philosophy the supposed raw data of experienceSee also sense datum
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Word Origin and History for givens

given

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.

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