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gift

noun \ ˈgift \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

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 in a Sentence

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

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

Recent Examples of gift from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of gift

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

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

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gift

verb

Definition of gift

transitive verb
1 :to endow with some power, quality, or attribute
  • She's been gifted with a beautiful voice.
2 a :to make a gift of
  • It makes an excellent choice whether you're gifting one bottle for the honeymoon or a case to be savored for years, or even decades, to come.
  • —Robert Taylor
b :present
  • gifted her with flowers
  • In this, her ninth novel, she has succeeded in gifting us with a story that will stay with us for a long time.
  • —Dorothy Rochmis

giftee

play \ˌgif-ˈtē\ noun

Examples of gift in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of gift

see 1gift

gift Synonyms


GIFT

abbreviation

Definition of GIFT

gamete intrafallopian transfer; gamete intrafallopian tube transfer


GIFT Defined for English Language Learners

gift

noun

Definition of gift for English Language Learners

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

  • : a special ability


gift

verb

Definition of gift for English Language Learners

  • : to present (someone) with a gift


GIFT Defined for Kids

gift

noun \ ˈgift \

Definition of gift for Students

1 :a special ability :talent
  • a gift for music
2 :something given :present
  • I gave my mother her birthday gift.

Medical Dictionary

GIFT

abbreviation

medical Definition of GIFT

gamete intrafallopian transfer; gamete intrafallopian tube transfer

Law Dictionary

gift

noun

legal Definition of gift

1 :an intentional and gratuitous transfer of real or personal property by a donor with legal capacity who actually or constructively delivers the property to the donee with the intent of giving up dominion over the property and investing it in the donee who accepts it; broadly :a voluntary transfer of property without compensation — see also delivery — compare donation, sale
class gift
:a usually testamentary gift of a sum to a group of unspecified persons whose number and identity and share of the gift will be determined sometime in the future (as at the death of the donor)
completed gift
:a gift in which the dominion and control of the property is placed beyond the donor's reach
gift causa mortis \-ˈkȯ-zə-ˈmȯr-tis, -ˈkau̇-sä-ˈmȯr-tēs\ plural gifts causa mortis
:a gift of especially personal property made in contemplation of impending death that is delivered with the intent that the gift take effect only in the event of the donor's death and that it be revoked in the event of survival — compare donation inter vivos and donation mortis causa at donation, gift inter vivos and testamentary gift in this entry
gift inter vivos \-ˈin-tər-ˈvī-vōs; -ˈin-ter-ˈvē-vōs, -ˈwē-wōs\ plural gifts inter vivos
:a gift made during the lifetime of the donor and delivered with the intent of surrendering immediately and irrevocably dominion and control over the property — compare donation inter vivos at donation, gift causa mortis and testamentary gift in this entry
gift over plural gifts over
:a gift especially by will of property that takes effect upon the termination or failure of a preceding estate (as a life estate) in the property
manual gift
:a gift especially under the civil law of Louisiana made of a movable corporeal object by actual delivery and involving no formalities
split gift
:a gift made by a spouse to a third person that for purposes of gift tax may be considered as given one-half by each spouse to take advantage of tax avoidance devices (as the annual exclusion)
substitutional gift \ˌsəb-stə-ˈtü-shə-nəl-, -ˈtyü-\
:a gift to a legatee or devisee in substitution for another devisee or legatee who cannot take under the will (as because of death) called also substitute gift
testamentary gift
:a gift that does not become effective until the death of the donor; specifically :a gift made in a will — compare gift causa mortis and gift inter vivos in this entry
2 :something voluntarily transferred without compensation
3 :a transfer of property for less than adequate consideration other than in the ordinary course of business used in the law of gift tax
Note: The amount by which the value of property so transferred exceeds the consideration paid is included in the total amount of taxable gifts made during a calendar year.


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