gift


1gift

noun \ˈgift\

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

: a special ability

Full Definition of GIFT

1
:  a notable capacity, talent, or endowment
2
:  something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation
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>.

2gift

verb

: to present (someone) with a gift

Full Definition of GIFT

transitive verb
1
:  to endow with some power, quality, or attribute
2
:  present <gifted her with flowers>
gift·ee \ˌgif-ˈtē\ noun

Examples of GIFT

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

First Known Use of GIFT

circa 1550

GIFT

abbreviation

Definition of GIFT

gamete intrafallopian transfer; gamete intrafallopian tube transfer

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