given

[giv-uh n]

verb

past participle of give.

adjective

noun

an established fact, condition, factor, etc.

Related formsself-giv·en, adjectiveun·giv·en, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for given to

given

verb

the past participle of give

adjective

(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

noun

an assumed fact
philosophy the supposed raw data of experienceSee also sense datum
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Word Origin and History for given to

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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Idioms and Phrases with given to

given to

Tending toward, inclined to, as in She was given to eating crackers in bed. [Late 1500s]

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