given

[giv-uh n]
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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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Contemporary Examples of givens

Historical Examples of givens

  • 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

  • Givens and Link were in the dugout, and presently they would return to the cabin.

    The Trail Horde

    Charles Alden Seltzer


British Dictionary definitions for givens

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 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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