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verb (used with object), mis·gave, mis·giv·en, mis·giv·ing.
  1. (of one's mind, heart, etc.) to give doubt or apprehension to.
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verb (used without object), mis·gave, mis·giv·en, mis·giv·ing.
  1. to be apprehensive.
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Origin of misgive

First recorded in 1505–15; mis-1 + give
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Historical Examples

  • 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


verb -gives, -giving, -gave or -given
  1. to make or be apprehensive or suspicious
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