He was first into the sea, and at once swam out with the bravado of justifying his self-given reputation.
The self-given promises of that tearful night of parting were forgotten.
Hence, too, his dearly loved and self-given title of "Wall Street Farmer."
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.