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[mis-giv] /mɪsˈgɪv/
verb (used with object), misgave, misgiven, misgiving.
(of one's mind, heart, etc.) to give doubt or apprehension to.
verb (used without object), misgave, misgiven, misgiving.
to be apprehensive.
Origin of misgive
1505-15; mis-1 + give Unabridged
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  • London had always sounded bleak and distant and terrible to her; and her heart had misgiven her at the idea of leaving her aunt.

    He Knew He Was Right Anthony Trollope
  • His heart had often misgiven him when he had thought of Caroline.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • And yet it would have misgiven him more had he allowed himself to be entrapped by Miss Dawkins.

British Dictionary definitions for misgiven


verb -gives, -giving, -gave, -given
to make or be apprehensive or suspicious
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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