[ mis-giv ]
/ mɪsˈgɪv /
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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.



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Origin of misgive

First recorded in 1505–15; mis-1 + give
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Example sentences from the Web for misgive

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

  • His own mind had long misgiven him on the lawfulness of his marriage.

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

    The Young Duke|Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for misgive

/ (mɪsˈɡɪv) /

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

to make or be apprehensive or suspicious
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