Definition of given in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡivən/
past participle of give.


1Specified or stated: our level of knowledge on any given subject
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  • The site and range of control of pressure patterns decide the weather for any given area.
  • A player must obtain the specified number of runs and sets for any given round and play them on their field.
  • But this is not all: he feels that there is a little too much going on at any given moment.
specified, stated, designated, set, particular, specific;
prescribed, agreed, appointed, prearranged, predetermined
2 [predicative] (given to) Inclined or disposed to: she was not often given to anger
3 Law , archaic (Of a document) signed and dated: given under my hand this eleventh day of April


Taking into account: given the complexity of the task, they were able to do a good job
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  • Physically shutting down the site would be very difficult given that it is hosted overseas.
  • It's especially unfair given that she looks so good in those few scenes she's in.
  • That is very poor given that serving food is partly how they make their living.
considering, in view of, bearing in mind, in the light of;


A known or established fact or situation: at a couture house, attentive service is a given
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  • Thereby, things present themselves not as indifferent givens, facts, but as meaningful: salient, expedient, obstructive, and so on.
  • One aspect of the deconstructive turn is the realization that things that we take for granted as givens are in fact inventions.
  • They are thought to have established the basic givens of human existence - life and death, sexual difference and reproduction, and the cycles of corporeal and spiritual regeneration.
established fact, reality, certainty

Words that rhyme with given

driven, forgiven, misgiven, Niven, riven, shriven, thriven

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Syllabification: giv·en

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