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Definition of "given" []

  • Past participle of give. (verb)
  • Specified; fixed: We will meet at a given time and location. (adjective)
  • Granted as a supposition; acknowledged or assumed: Given the condition of the engine, it is a wonder that it even starts. (adjective)
  • Having a tendency; inclined: My neighbor is given to lavish spending. (adjective)
  • Bestowed as a gift; presented. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "given" in a sentence
  • "But given the current law, the facts *as given* are not the parade of horribles you suggest."
  • "Hang out for Seattle; I am sure that the people who have given money have *given* it freely because they see and feel your need."
  • "Should exact references be given or should pupils be encouraged to master the art of finding for themselves, _within given_ limits, the supplementary data sought?"