given


given
[[t]gɪ̱v(ə)n[/t]]
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1) Given is the past participle of give.
2) ADJ: det ADJ If you talk about, for example, any given position or a given time, you mean the particular position or time that you are discussing.

In chess there are typically about 36 legal moves from any given board position...

The bank discovered that in a given period, only a proportion of its borrowers would ask for their money in the form of cash.

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3) PREP Given is used when indicating a possible situation in which someone has the opportunity or ability to do something. For example, given the chance means `if I had the chance'.

Write down the sort of thing you would like to do, given the opportunity...

Given patience, successful breeding of this species can be achieved.

4) PHR-CONJ-SUBORD If you say given that something is the case, you mean taking that fact into account.

Usually, I am sensible with money, as I have to be, given that I don't earn that much.

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5) PREP If you say given something, you mean taking that thing into account.

Given the uncertainty over Leigh's future I was left with little other choice.

6) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ to -ing/n If you are given to doing something, you often do it. [FORMAL]

I am not very given to emotional displays.


English dictionary. 2008.

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