be given to (something)

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be given to (something)

To be inclined or likely to do something or behave a certain way. Don't worry, she's always been given to overreacting. The comedian is given to making lots of posts on social media. He's given to hyperbole, so don't get too excited.
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be given to something/to doing something

(formal) do something often or regularly: She’s much given to outbursts of temper.He’s given to going for long walks on his own.
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References in classic literature ?
I am given to understand that a letter addressed to Sir Alfred Anselman was opened yesterday.
He is greatly disgusted with the outlook, and I am given to understand that Wolf Larsen bears a very unsavoury reputation among the sealing captains.
I am given to know, sir," says he, "that your name is Balfour.
Now, there's an incompatibility of some sort or another, I am given to understand by you, between your daughter and me.
I am given to understand that this money is to be spent on children here in the UK.
I am given to understand that since the DVLA mindlessly decreed it would no longer be necessary to display a current vehicle excise licence (aka tax disc) on one's windscreen, the number of unlicensed vehicles on the road has increased signifi-cantly.
As I am given to understand, SRM's reputation not only as No 1 private University in India but also the No 1 private engineering university there will contribute to Sri Lanka considerably.
Mr Stafford told the Treasury Select Committee: "My task is to perform the duties I am given to perform, and I am not going to be drawn on that point.
ON top of everything else I am given to understand that we have a problem with late-night drinkers urinating all over our town.
I am given to understand that the police and traffic wardens would like disabled parking permits to include a photograph of the owner, but representatives of the disabled drivers have objected.
AS ONE who has witnessed the crowds who visit the Palace of Versailles on what I am given to understand is a regular basis, I agree with Craig Earley.
I am given to understand that at first the PM was opposed to embryonic stem cell research from unwanted embryos and he changed his mind.
I am given to understand from your literature that ease of use was one of the emphases that you had going in.
I am given to understand that the relative risk projections in the Security Study have been interpreted by some parties as a reason to question the merit of EPA's plan to make the Risk Management Plan data available on the Internet," wrote Howard Dugoff, vice president of ICF and the director of the study, in a letter to James Makris of the EPA.
I am given to understand that negotiations are taking place between Redcar and Cleveland Council and Friends of the Eston Wurlitzer.