misgive

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misgive (third-person singular simple present misgives, present participle misgiving, simple past misgave, past participle misgiven)

  1. (transitive, archaic) to give fear or doubt to; to make irresolute
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, The Third Part of King Henry the Sixth, IV.vi
      As Henry's late presaging prophecy
      Did glad my heart with hope of this young Richmond,
      So doth my heart misgive me, in these conflicts,
      What may befall him to his harm and ours.
    • Milton
      Such whose consciences misgave them, how ill they had deserved.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To suspect; to dread.
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  3. (transitive, archaic) To give wrongly; to give or grant amiss.
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