given

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given is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
given

Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
give

Third person singular
gives

Simple past
gave

Past participle
given

Present participle
giving

  1. The past participle of give.

Preposition[change]

Preposition
given

  1. Given x means if x is true, happened, exists, etc.
    Given our current problems, I don't think we can spend any more.
    Given a number, we can find another number that is bigger.

Adjective[change]

Positive
given

Comparative
more given

Superlative
most given

  1. If someone is given to doing something, they do it regularly.
    My father's given to making long speeches about when he was a boy.
  2. If someone is given to something, they wear, use, or do it often.

Noun[change]

Singular
given

Plural
givens

  1. A given is something that you accept as true.
    We need to make a decision about where we will live after this, but selling this house is a given.