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[mis-giv] /mɪsˈgɪv/
verb (used with object), misgave, misgiven, misgiving.
(of one's mind, heart, etc.) to give doubt or apprehension to.
verb (used without object), misgave, misgiven, misgiving.
to be apprehensive.
Origin of misgive
First recorded in 1505-15; mis-1 + give Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I misgive me he'll come in for a wetting if he doesn't tie wings to his heels.

    Barbara Lynn Emily J. Jenkinson
  • Love is a matter of give and take—marriage, a matter of misgive and mistake.

    A Guide to Men Helen Rowland
  • Dreadfully did my heart then misgive me: I was ready to faint.

    Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • His mind began to misgive him about the sister—perhaps she would prove a dragon, in the way?

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • So that when I heard his heavy footstep advancing along the passage my heart did misgive me, and I felt that I was trembling.

    Relics of General Chasse Anthony Trollope
  • As my time drew nearer, and there got to be talk of my having a new coat for the ceremony, my mind began to misgive me.

    The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
  • He searched the air like Nisus the forest in his quest of Euryalus, and his mind began to misgive him.

    Georges Guynemer Henry Bordeaux
  • It was rather discouraging, wearisome work, and Billy's heart began to misgive him as one after another refused his request.

    The English Orphans

    Mary Jane Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for misgive


verb -gives, -giving, -gave, -given
to make or be apprehensive or suspicious
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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