Definition of given in US English:

given

  • past participle of give

adjective

  • 1Specified or stated.

    ‘our level of knowledge on any given subject’
    • ‘There is currently an undisclosed number of such teachers brought in to cover for absent colleagues on any given day.’
    • ‘How could you know that he won't just attack you at any given moment?’
    • ‘If you're the type of person to dance on the table at the office party then you're probably the type of person to do it at any given time of year.’
    • ‘A player must obtain the specified number of runs and sets for any given round and play them on their field.’
    • ‘Change of whatever nature and magnitude is very crucial to any given society.’
    • ‘In any given situation some of these imperatives will be more vital than others.’
    • ‘One of the roles of philosophy has been to examine critically the intellectual tools of any given era.’
    • ‘You'll know this if you talk music with them for any given length of time, or watch the way they practise.’
    • ‘In any given year, there are bound to be at least a few major disasters or tragedies or deaths of major figures.’
    • ‘His observations of the defenders dictates which play to use in a given situation.’
    • ‘The amount of tax we pay on any given income depends on two things - tax rates and tax thresholds.’
    • ‘Bear in mind that, at any given price, this choice involves a trade-off with playback performance.’
    • ‘But this is not all: he feels that there is a little too much going on at any given moment.’
    • ‘The site and range of control of pressure patterns decide the weather for any given area.’
    • ‘Thoughts are important because they delimit the child's capability in a given situation.’
    • ‘That means on any given day two episodes are broadcast and the ‘repeated’ one is first.’
    • ‘On almost any given day of the year, there is an event that focuses on shoes.’
    • ‘In general they indicate the amount of active qi available at a given moment.’
    • ‘However, they were only able to do this because they had a great degree of freedom about what was actually paid out in any given year.’
    • ‘So the natural next question for the marketer is: how do we find this key for any given business.’
    specified, stated, designated, set, particular, specific, named, identified, delineated, prescribed
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  • 2given topredicative Inclined or disposed to.

    ‘she was not often given to anger’
    prone, liable, inclined, disposed, predisposed, apt, likely
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  • 3Law
    archaic (of a document) signed and dated.

    ‘given under my hand this eleventh day of April’

preposition

  • Taking into account.

    ‘given the complexity of the task, they were able to do a good job’
    • ‘He said that he was willing to live in harmony with the community if given the chance.’
    • ‘The time for a new partnership in the art of governance has become even more important given the stakes.’
    • ‘However, given my disposition on the other issues, this is of little importance here.’
    • ‘It was also prudent given the danger of any cut being interpreted as a sign of panic.’
    • ‘Soon marriage may be non-existent given the freedom we have to live in sin with our partners.’
    • ‘This figure is more impressive given I spent most of last week on holiday.’
    • ‘The latter seems unlikely given the present lack of economic activity in the area.’
    • ‘Why is that figure not made publicly available given this is a public trust?’
    • ‘The authorities appear to have succeeded in this given the enthusiastic response.’
    • ‘The most avid watcher quickly becomes jaded given the quantity of information to absorb.’
    • ‘That is very poor given that serving food is partly how they make their living.’
    • ‘I pointed out that this might prove to be rather ironic given the current circumstances’
    • ‘Physically shutting down the site would be very difficult given that it is hosted overseas.’
    • ‘Of course, I want to think otherwise, that given the right challenge and the right luck I would be a hero.’
    • ‘It's especially unfair given that she looks so good in those few scenes she's in.’
    • ‘A sale was thought to be almost impossible given the current slump in the international telecoms sector.’
    • ‘The joint stance by the four countries is seen as significant given their earlier split on the war.’
    • ‘His achievement is all the more impressive given that Fitzgerald has endured his fair share of injuries.’
    • ‘A referendum, he argues, is simply too dangerous given the state of public opinion.’
    • ‘His entry into the millennium club is all the more impressive given that he has had more than his fair share of injuries.’
    considering, taking into consideration, taking into account, in view of, bearing in mind, giving consideration to, keeping in mind, in the light of
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noun

  • A known or established fact or situation.

    ‘at a couture house, attentive service is a given’
    • ‘Modern academics argue there are no givens, all is a social construct, but we suspect they are wrong.’
    • ‘At the end of the day, it is a given that the sources of happiness will always be fewer than the ones for sadness.’
    • ‘Just as shattering violence affects people, it affects whole peoples, busting up the basic assumptions and givens in a society that usually prevent thoroughgoing change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Keeping up appearances at all costs and considering marriage as a social necessity - such are the givens in the our national psyche.’
    • ‘The right to privacy is one of a democracy's givens and the media expose police and bureaucrats who invade it.’
    • ‘So when it came to choosing her object of desire, it was a given that it would be craft-related.’
    • ‘I'm not sure why people take it as a given that reality shows won't work in syndication and reruns.’
    • ‘The givens of history are not obstacles, but means.’
    • ‘It is a given that dearer oil causes economies to contract - leading to a fall in prices as a result.’
    • ‘I thought it was a given that the government was corrupt and lying to you, and everyone was a leftist.’
    • ‘The ability to articulate and argue and the right to do so are not givens, but areas of considerable complexity and dissent.’
    • ‘It's a given that every musician hungers to try the solo album at one time or another.’
    • ‘I understand imagination, no doubt a complex epistemological process, to be the capacity to entertain images of meaning and reality that are beyond the givens of observable experience.’
    • ‘One aspect of the deconstructive turn is the realization that things that we take for granted as givens are in fact inventions.’
    • ‘They are not givens and there are large bodies of literature that are being overlooked.’
    • ‘Thereby, things present themselves not as indifferent givens, facts, but as meaningful: salient, expedient, obstructive, and so on.’
    • ‘After all, within Lenin's Marxist framework, it was a given that mankind exploits nature.’
    • ‘For investment purposes, what finds favour is the fact that a number of givens are known at the outset.’
    • ‘A lot of what I was saying seven, eight years ago, among the few who were saying it, are now almost givens in the discussion, so I feel good about that.’
    established fact, reality, certainty
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Pronunciation

given

/ˈɡivən//ˈɡɪvən/