given

A given is some detail or fact that is known to be true. Your mother might say, "It's a given that I'll always love you, no matter how annoying you are."

Something's a given if it's an established situation that you're sure of. It's a given that a first class airplane ticket will cost a lot more than a seat in coach, and it's also a given that the earth orbits the sun. It can also be an adjective: "After considering the given facts, mark an answer on the multiple-choice test." Given comes from the verb give, which has an Old English root of giefan, "to bestow, allot, or commit."

Definitions of given
  1. adjective
    acknowledged as a supposition
    given the engine's condition, it is a wonder that it started”
    synonyms: granted
    acknowledged
    recognized or made known or admitted
  2. noun
    an assumption that is taken for granted
    synonyms: precondition, presumption
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    type of:
    assumption, supposal, supposition
    a hypothesis that is taken for granted
  3. adjective
    (usually followed by `to') naturally disposed toward
    synonyms: apt, disposed, minded, tending
    inclined
    (often followed by `to') having a preference, disposition, or tendency
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