given

[ giv-uh n ]
/ ˈgɪv ən /
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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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Examples from the Web for self-given

  • Hence, too, his dearly loved and self-given title of "Wall Street Farmer."

    Lad: A Dog|Albert Payson Terhune
  • He was first into the sea, and at once swam out with the bravado of justifying his self-given reputation.

    Five Tales|John Galsworthy
  • The self-given promises of that tearful night of parting were forgotten.

British Dictionary definitions for self-given

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 self-given

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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