given

[ giv-uh n ]
/ ˈgɪv ən /
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verb

past participle of give.

adjective

noun

an established fact, condition, factor, etc.

Nearby words

  1. give what for,
  2. give-and-take,
  3. give-up,
  4. giveaway,
  5. giveback,
  6. given name,
  7. given to,
  8. givenchy,
  9. givenchy, hubert de,
  10. giver

Related formsself-giv·en, adjectiveun·giv·en, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for givens

given

/ (ˈɡɪvən) /

verb

the past participle of give

adjective

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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