misgive

[mis-giv]
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verb (used with object), mis·gave, mis·giv·en, mis·giv·ing.

(of one's mind, heart, etc.) to give doubt or apprehension to.

verb (used without object), mis·gave, mis·giv·en, mis·giv·ing.

to be apprehensive.

Origin of misgive

First recorded in 1505–15; mis-1 + give
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Examples from the Web for misgiven

Historical Examples of misgiven

  • His heart had often misgiven him when he had thought of Caroline.

    The Young Duke

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • And yet it would have misgiven him more had he allowed himself to be entrapped by Miss Dawkins.

  • London had always sounded bleak and distant and terrible to her; and her heart had misgiven her at the idea of leaving her aunt.

    He Knew He Was Right

    Anthony Trollope


British Dictionary definitions for misgiven

misgive

verb -gives, -giving, -gave or -given

to make or be apprehensive or suspicious
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