2. adjective If you talk about, for example, any given position or a given time, you mean the particular position or time that you are discussing. ⇒ In chess there are typically about 36 legal moves from any given board position. ⇒ Over a given period, the value of shares will rise and fall. 3. preposition Given is used when indicating a possible situation in which someone has the opportunity or ability to do something. For example, given the chance means 'if I had the chance'. ⇒ Write down the sort of thing you would like to do, given the opportunity. ⇒ Given patience, successful breeding of this species can be achieved. 5. preposition If you say given something, you mean taking that thing into account. ⇒ Given the uncertainty over Leigh's future I was left with little other choice. 6. graded adjective & adjective
If you are given to doing something, you often do it. [formal] [+ to] ⇒ I am not very given to emotional displays.
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