- The definition of given is something handed out, likely to happen, specified or granted.
- An example of given is a box of books donated to charity; given to charity.
- An example of given is a person who always shows up late to parties; given to being late.
- An example of given is a time a person said they would be somewhere; a given time.
given definition by Webster's New World
- bestowed; presented
- accustomed, as from habit or inclination; prone: given to lying
- stated; specified: a given date
- taken as a premise; assumed; granted: given that ABC is a right triangle
- issued or executed (on the specified date by the specified person): used in official documents
given definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Specified; fixed: We will meet at a given time and location.b. Granted as a supposition; acknowledged or assumed: Given the condition of the engine, it is a wonder that it even starts.
- Having a tendency; inclined: My neighbor is given to lavish spending.
- Bestowed as a gift; presented.
- Law Issued on a specified date. Used of legal documents.
Variant of give
- to turn over the possession or control of to someone without cost or exchange; make a gift of
- to hand or pass over into the trust or keeping of someone: to give the porter a bag to carry, to give a daughter in marriage
- to hand or pass over in exchange for something else; sell (goods, services, etc.) for a price or pay (a price) for goods, services, etc.
- to relay; pass along: to give regards to someone
- to produce in a person or thing; cause to have; impart: to give pleasure, to give someone a cold
- to confer or assign (a title, position, name, etc.)
- to act as host or sponsor of (a party, dance, etc.)
- ☆ to put in communication with, as by telephone
- to be the source, origin, or cause of; produce; supply: cows give milk
- to part with for some cause; sacrifice: to give one's life for a cause
- to devote to some occupation, pursuit, etc.: to give one's life to art
- to concede; yield: to give a point in an argument
- to offer or yield (oneself) to a man for sexual intercourse
- to show; exhibit: to give every indication of being a fool
- to put forward for acceptance or rejection; offer; proffer: to give a suggestion
- to perform: to give a concert
- to introduce or present (a speaker, the subject of a toast, etc.)
- to make (a gesture, movement, etc.): to give a leap
- to perform (a physical act): to give someone a hug, kiss, etc.
- to administer or dispense (medicine, etc.)
- to utter, emit, or produce (words, sounds, etc.); put in words; state: to give a reply
- to inflict or impose (punishment, sentence, etc.)
Origin: Middle English given (with g- ; from Old Norse gefa, to give), yeven ; from Old English giefan, akin to German geben ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghabh-, to grasp, take from source Classical Latin habere, to have: the special Germanic sense of this base results from its use as a substitute for Indo-European an unverified form dō- (as in Classical Latin dare, to give)
- to make gifts or donations; contribute
- to bend, sink, move, break down, yield, etc. from force or pressure
- to be springy; be resilient
- to provide a view of, or a way of getting to, someplace; open: usually with on, upon, or onto: the window gives on the park
- Informal to occur; happenchiefly in the phrase what gives?
- Slang to abandon a claim, fight, etc.; give in or give up
- a bending, moving, sinking, etc. under pressure
- a tendency to be springy; resilience