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. Verbgifted with an uncanny ability to persuade people to do things they ordinarily wouldn't
Recent Examples on the Web
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Noun and Verb
Middle English, from Old Norse, something given, talent; akin to Old English giefan to give
gamete intrafallopian transfer; gamete intrafallopian tube transfer
: 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
: 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)
: 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
: a gift especially under the civil law of Louisiana made of a movable corporeal object by actual delivery and involving no formalities
: 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)