\ ˈgift \

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

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Other words from gift


giftee \ˌgif-ˈtē \ noun

Synonyms for gift

Synonyms: Noun

aptitude, bent, endowment, faculty, flair, genius, head, knack, talent

Synonyms: Verb

bless, endow, endue (or indue), favor, invest

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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


The money was a gift, not a loan. She considers her voice a God-given gift.


gifted with an uncanny ability to persuade people to do things they ordinarily wouldn't
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Croatia has been a high-powered side blessed with worldly gifts in the feet of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why England's World Cup pain hurts so much," 11 July 2018 No need for a crystal ball — these gifts are already embedded deep within your spirit. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "How to Tap Into Your Own Psychic Abilities," 2 July 2018 Some of these gifts were simply too wild for the Oval Office, though, and had to be transferred to Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "For His Patriotic Birthday, Five Facts About Calvin Coolidge," 2 July 2018 For parting gifts, supporters had their pick of fresh veggie and fruit swag for the mini-road trip home, and first dibs on Chefs in the Field's sophomore fete on October 7, a pig roast sponsored by Jolie Vue Farms. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrity "Chefs in the Field" cater Recipe for Success's first Sunday supper at Hope Farms," 27 June 2018 The attraction had already ditched disposable water bottles and plastic bags in gift shops. Lorraine Mirabella,, "More eateries, businesses do away with plastic straws," 13 July 2018 The restaurants and gift shop are part of Fort Bearizona, an expansion that includes a more traditional zoo, allowing guests to get close looks at javelinas, bobcats, bear cubs and a handful of other creatures. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Bearizona: Top things to do at drive-thru wildlife park in Williams," 12 July 2018 Festivities include Greek music and dancing, gift shop, an outdoor beer garden and homemade Greek pastries. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 12 July 2018 The building also contains a CVS, a restaurant, and several small shops, including a toy store, gift shop, children’s clothing outlet and framing shop. Johanna Seltz,, "Milton Marketplace wins zoning approval for addition," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Just who is gifting and receiving the soup is left open to interpretation. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "High-Tech Scanning Shows Picasso’s Blue Period Evolution," 11 June 2018 Donald Trump kicked off his diplomatic visit to the United Kingdom Thursday by gifting his host a political nightmare. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "In Wild Interview, Trump Says May Blew Brexit and Immigrants Ruined Europe," 12 July 2018 The boxes have been covered with such busy colors and patterns that the ensemble seems like a rather surreal gifting occasion. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Artist gets metaphysical at Columbia Art Center," 6 July 2018 Karius made two glaring mistakes against Real Madrid in Kiev, gifting goals to Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in a 3-1 defeat for the Reds., "Jurgen Klopp Claims Loris Karius Concussion '100 Per Cent' to Blame for UCL Final Errors," 6 July 2018 The Marlins gifted the second run when catcher J.T. Realmuto tried to pick Frazier off third and his throw glanced off the runner’s helmet. Craig Davis,, "Mets cash in repeatedly with two-out runs to sink Straily, Marlins," 1 July 2018 Close Manuel Neuer almost gifted South Korea a goal! Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Germany Crashes Out of World Cup With a Loss to South Korea," 28 June 2018 To test it, researchers will see how moths react to projections of the Milky Way, and even how genetics could gift young moths a preprinted map of their migration route. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Moths Can Use the Earth’s Magnetic Field to Navigate," 23 June 2018 The Brando has also built and gifted an eco-station to the Tetiaroa Society, the nonprofit organization established to lead the scientific and cultural mission to protect the atoll and to inspire sustainable interdependence. Jill K. Robinson,, "Going green: Can we travel the world without killing the planet?," 21 June 2018

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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


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


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English Language Learners Definition of gift

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

: a special ability



English Language Learners Definition of gift (Entry 2 of 2)

: to present (someone) with a gift


\ ˈgift \

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

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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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the setting in which something occurs

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