\ ˈgift How to pronounce gift (audio) \

Definition of gift

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


gifted; gifting; gifts

Definition of gift (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to endow with some power, quality, or attribute She's been gifted with a beautiful voice.
2a : 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

Definition of GIFT (Entry 3 of 3)

gamete intrafallopian transfer; gamete intrafallopian tube transfer

Other Words from gift


giftee \ ˌgif-​ˈtē How to pronounce GIFT (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for gift

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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

Examples of gift in a Sentence

Noun The money was a gift, not a loan. She considers her voice a God-given gift. Verb gifted with an uncanny ability to persuade people to do things they ordinarily wouldn't
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So Matt and his twin brother Chris, a goalie at Dickinson College, were born into lacrosse, their very first gift a miniature lax. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 17 May 2022 Their gift of nearly $1 million made the Flyboy space a reality. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2022 This was how Boudin would turn her gift for friendship into political praxis: by illuminating the specific potential of the person in front of her. Rachael Bedard, The New Yorker, 7 May 2022 Her best birthday gift is still waiting for her in his locker at Camden Yards. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 7 May 2022 DAFs allow for more flexible and impactful donations After making your irrevocable donation to a DAF, the fair market value of your gift can flow through to recipients, tax-free. Svb Contributor, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Why not make one (or all) of those food items as part of your gift, too? Isis Briones, House Beautiful, 15 Apr. 2022 This letter is my gift to you on the Women’s Day of 8th March… Thank you for the best 9 years of my life! Fox News, 12 Apr. 2022 Turn up the heat on your gift giving with this sizzling sampler. Karla Pope, Woman's Day, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Juicy was also one of the first brands to aggressively gift its product to A-listers. Rory Satran, WSJ, 14 May 2022 Also, think of it as an investment for future Father's Days—take note of his favorite varietal and gift him a bottle next year. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, 4 May 2022 Blum said location can help you to determine what to gift the marrying couple. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 17 Apr. 2022 Roger Penske met Josef Newgarden in victory lane with six crisp hundred dollar bills to gift the race winner. Jenna Fryer,, 20 Mar. 2022 The latest $800 million package, unveiled in mid-March, includes funds earmarked to gift Kyiv a brand new line of drones that have never been deployed in combat before. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2022 Wrapped with a festive silk ribbon, each box comes ready to gift and contains 45 crumbly bite-size rounds in assertive flavors like Parmesan olive, Gruyère date, and—my favorite—anchovy scallion. Bon Appétit, 15 Nov. 2021 Those traveling for the holiday or planning a spring break trip can gift loved ones with a nifty passport and vaccine card holder. Jessica Leigh Mattern,, 9 Apr. 2022 As part of the experience, eBay will gift luxury goods available on the platform from top-tier brands like Oris, Montblanc, Tag Heuer, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta as authenticated through eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee service. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gift


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gift

Noun and Verb

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

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\ ˈgift How to pronounce gift (audio) \

Kids Definition of gift

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



Medical Definition of GIFT

gamete intrafallopian transfer; gamete intrafallopian tube transfer



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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