gift

noun
\ 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

gift

verb
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

Verb

giftee \ ˌgif-​ˈtē \ noun

Synonyms for gift

Synonyms: Noun

bestowal, comp, donation, donative, fairing [British], freebie (or freebee), giveaway, handsel, lagniappe, largesse (also largess), present, presentation

Synonyms: Verb

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

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Noun

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

New Year’s Eve in Shakespeare’s era was regarded as a day for gift-giving rather than as a catalyst for regret. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "New Year, Old Regrets," 28 Dec. 2018 Amazon launched a new delivery option for Prime members in the US today, just ahead of the holiday gift-giving season. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Amazon will soon let you pick which day your package arrives," 2 Nov. 2018 From elaborate wedding dress codes to gift-giving protocols, there are a lot of rules for keeping up with the most polite of polite society. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Sent Out the Sweetest Thank You Notes to His Birthday Well-Wishers," 4 Oct. 2018 DeMarcus Cousins isn’t for everyone: The polarizing center’s size, skill and reliable 25/10 production come gift-wrapped in a deep pile of red flags that have repeatedly sabotaged and sidetracked his NBA career. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "The DeMarcus Cousins Experience Isn’t for Everyone, but Warriors Are More Than Ready," 2 July 2018 Here are a dozen more gift ideas for those in your life who love food*, along with the Pacific Northwest stories from the past year that inspired them. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "The Pacific Northwest foodie gift guide: 14 last-minute, all-local presents," 19 Dec. 2018 Regardless of origin, the baubles make a beautiful and meaningful gift idea. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Is What It Means When You See a Bird's Nest Ornament on a Christmas Tree," 17 Dec. 2018 Between the plus-ones on party invitations and being inundated with stories about gift ideas for couples, being single during the holidays can feel less than ideal. Glamour, "9 Ways to Celebrate Being Single Over the Holidays," 9 Dec. 2018 For more gift ideas, check out Good Housekeeping's complete Holiday Gift Guide for 2018! Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "These Are The Top Trending Holiday Gifts on Google Right Now," 8 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now can someone see about gifting me a talking cat? De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Announces "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Part 2 Premiere Date," 1 Dec. 2018 Players from different teams can trade items with each other via in-game menus, and there were a few high-level Bethesda developers on the server that were eager to essentially gift us some wacky in-game outfits for the event. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: Fallout 76 lets you bring some company to the Apocalypse," 8 Oct. 2018 August 10, 2017: Travis goes big for Kylie's 20th bday, gifting her with a $60,000 choker. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott's Relationship," 8 Aug. 2018 After all the athletic brilliance, tantalizing drama and viral fan celebration videos the World Cup has gifted us over the last month, the United States’ greatest moment of the tournament awaits in Sunday’s final between France and Croatia. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Missing World Cup can't be in vain for U.S. men's national team," 13 July 2018 Urban can now use the artwork as inspiration for his next album, as Duff gifted it to him after their afternoon together. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Keith Urban Watches His New Album 'Graffiti U' Come to Life Through Real Graffiti: Video Premiere," 2 May 2018 However, the Italian visitors left Anfield with a glimmer of hope for the return leg as a late boost gifted them with two vital away goals. SI.com, "Di Francesco Insists Roma 'Don't Need Miracles' Despite Heavy Semi Final Defeat to Liverpool," 25 Apr. 2018 With that promising beginning, the Angels built a 7-0 lead thanks to fully seizing on a few chances the A's and the game itself gifted them. Jeff Miller, latimes.com, "Trout, Cozart each drive in two as Angels top A's, 8-3," 1 Apr. 2018 So the entire class was invited to the Cringle, at which Laurie gifted me her 20-year-old menorah to use next year at our newest family tradition: an everyone-is-welcome Hanukkah party. Diane Farr, Redbook, "Why Can't We Celebrate Everything?," 8 Dec. 2011

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First Known Use of gift

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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gift

noun

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

gift

verb

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

: to present (someone) with a gift

gift

noun
\ 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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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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