That’s a given


You can completely rely upon it

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“IT’S A GIVEN that his control over all State institutions allows him to ‘manipulate’ the rules of the electoral contest in his favor.”

The Economist Sees Ortega Clinging to Power - Havana Times

Did you
know?

a given
noun

- something that is certain to happen or to be, an accepted fact

Cambridge Dictionary


ORIGIN

Give derives from the Old English (West Saxon) giefan “to give, bestow, deliver to another; allot, grant; commit, devote, entrust,” from Proto-Germanic geban (the source also of Gothic giban, Dutch geven, Old High German geban, German geben)


GIVE ME IDIOMS

1. give (someone) a break = to stop criticizing a person, or stop being so demanding (Give him a break. He hasn’t slept for 2 days.) Also used to exclaim “that’s ridiculous” or “I definitely don’t believe that.”

2. give (someone) the boot = to fire someone from a job, often because the person did something wrong (He got the boot for inappropriate behaviour.) Also used when ending a romantic relationship.

3. give way = to slow down to allow a slower-moving vehicle to join your lane on a motorway or highway (When driving I always give way whenever possible.)

4. give (someone) pause for thought = to cause someone to hesitate, or to stop and think carefully (His mention of our competitor gave me pause for thought.)

5. give (someone) your word = to make a serious promise (Thanks for lending me your Porsche. I give you my word that I’ll drive very carefully.)


PRACTICE OWAD in an English conversation, say something like:

“We can take it as A GIVEN that home-working will increase as a result of Corona.”


THANKS to Jacky for suggesting today’s word.


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Paul Smith

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