something given ; especially : something taken for granted
: a basic condition or assumptionhttp://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictio...
noun (plural giv·ens)
accepted fact: a fact or event that is accepted as true or definite at the outset and that affects subsequent reasoning
B. absol. as n. What is given; the known facts, situation, etc.
1879 W. JAMES Coll. Ess. & Rev. (1920) 132 If the philosopher fails to find a satisfactory formula of exorcism for his datum, the only thing he can do is to..assume the Given as his necessary ultimate. 1883 F. H. BRADLEY Princ. Logic I. i. 32 There is no practical interest in anything but the given, and what does not interest is not anything at all. 1965 Case Conference Mar. 280/2 The past cannot be seen as a fixed ‘given’, its meaning is imposed upon it by the stand that we take in relation to it. 1970 E. LEACH Lévi-Strauss iii. 45 ‘The English language’..from the point of view of any individual speaker..is a ‘given’, it is not something he creates for himself.http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/given?view=uk
past participle of GIVE.
• adjective 1 specified or stated. 2 (given to) inclined or disposed to.
• preposition taking into account.
• noun an established fact or situation.http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?ke...
given (CERTAIN) Show phonetics
noun [C]something which is certain to happen:
You can take it as a given that there will be champagne at the wedding.