Past participle of give.
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.
2. Having a tendency; inclined: My neighbor is given to lavish spending.
3. Bestowed as a gift; presented.
Something assumed or taken for granted: "It's a given that the writer of short stories will be keeping his day job" (Donald E. Westlake).
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