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gift

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noun \ˈgift\

Simple Definition of gift

  • : something that is given to another person or to a group or organization

  • : a special ability

Full Definition of gift

  1. 1 :  a notable capacity, talent, or endowment

  2. 2 :  something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation

  3. 3 :  the act, right, or power of giving

Examples of gift

  1. The money was a gift, not a loan.

  2. She considers her voice a God-given gift.



Origin of gift

Middle English, from Old Norse, something given, talent; akin to Old English giefan to give


First Known Use: 12th century

Synonym Discussion of gift

gift, faculty, aptitude, bent, talent, genius, knack mean a special ability for doing something. gift often implies special favor by God or nature <the gift of singing beautifully>. faculty applies to an innate or less often acquired ability for a particular accomplishment or function <a faculty for remembering names>. aptitude implies a natural liking for some activity and the likelihood of success in it <a mechanical aptitude>. bent is nearly equal to aptitude but it stresses inclination perhaps more than specific ability <a family with an artistic bent>. talent suggests a marked natural ability that needs to be developed <has enough talent to succeed>. genius suggests impressive inborn creative ability <has no great genius for poetry>. knack implies a comparatively minor but special ability making for ease and dexterity in performance <the knack of getting along>.

Rhymes with gift


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gift

verb

Simple Definition of gift

  • : to present (someone) with a gift

Full Definition of gift

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to endow with some power, quality, or attribute

  3. 2 :  present <gifted her with flowers>

gift·ee play \ˌgif-ˈtē\ noun

Examples of gift

  1. <gifted with an uncanny ability to persuade people to do things they ordinarily wouldn't>



Circa 1550

First Known Use of gift

circa 1550


GIFT

abbreviation

Definition of GIFT

  1. gamete intrafallopian transfer; gamete intrafallopian tube transfer





GIFT Defined for Kids

gift

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noun \ˈgift\

Definition of gift

  1. 1 :  a special ability :  talent <a gift for music>

  2. 2 :  something given :  present <I gave my mother her birthday gift.>





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