I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. prone, disposed <
given to swearing
2. presented as a gift ; bestowed without compensation 3. a. particular, specified <
at a given time
b. assumed as actual or hypothetical ; granted <
given that all are equal before the law
4. of an official document having been executed ; dated 5. immediately present in experience II. noun Date: 1879 something given; especially something taken for granted ; a basic condition or assumption III. preposition Date: 1904 in view of ; considering <
given what she knew about others' lives, how could she complain about her own? — Marilyn French

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