gift·​ed | \ ˈgif-təd How to pronounce gifted (audio) \

Definition of gifted

1 : having great natural ability : talented gifted children
2 : revealing a special gift gifted voices

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Other Words from gifted

giftedly adverb
giftedness noun

Examples of gifted in a Sentence

He's an extremely gifted student. a school for gifted children

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The film, set to premiere on November 10, will follow the story of Eve Morgan, a gifted musician and superintendent who meets a handsome music teacher. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "EXCLUSIVE: Listen to LeAnn Rimes' New Holiday Song From Her First Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie," 13 Sep. 2018 More than a simple portrait of a gifted classical musician, the film is an ode to a cultural giant, one whose work and fame defy all categorization. Zachary Lewis, idahostatesman, "‘Itzhak’ a touching portrait of model musician, human | Idaho Statesman," 29 Mar. 2018 His kindness and dedication quickly win him friends among the bizarrely gifted students, including a boy with jet-pack legs and a girl who can negate gravity. Charles Solomon,, "Anime Expo 2018 returns to L.A. with 'My Hero Academia: Two Heroes' premiere," 2 July 2018 The optics of displacing special education students in favor of gifted students drew extreme ire, as well as a lawsuit, and that plan was also scrapped after months of protests. Bethany Barnes,, "Once again, Portland Public School botches community outreach over school relocation," 30 May 2018 For talented students, the stakes are high: Children in Level IV, the highest and most competitive, can be assigned to schools with concentrated numbers of gifted students, providing what many parents feel is a more robust learning environment. Matthew Barakat, The Seattle Times, "School system’s appeals process leaves some minorities out," 3 Feb. 2018 Both are honor roll students and enrolled in programs for gifted students. Ivana Hrynkiw,, "Missing senior alert issued for man last seen Thursday in Bessemer," 12 Jan. 2018 Among the many gifted pairs of hands in the celebrity facialist world, one pair belongs to that of Andrew McLeod Valentine the director of studio services at Intraceuticals. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What Does a Pre-Oscars Facial Really Entail?," 23 Feb. 2019 The illusionist was up against some seriously gifted acts, including: Susan Boyle, Preacher Lawson, Brian Justin Crum, Cristina Ramos, Angelica Hale, and more. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Shin Lim Is Who Won 'America's Got Talent: The Champions' and People Are Freaking Out," 19 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of gifted

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of gifted

: having great natural ability


gift·​ed | \ ˈgif-təd How to pronounce gifted (audio) \

Kids Definition of gifted

: having great natural ability a gifted athlete

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