gift

noun
\ 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

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 How to pronounce giftee (audio) \ 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

For years, Zverev has been heralded as a player with the necessary athletic gifts to ascend to the No. 1 ranking. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, "What the Men Can Learn From the Women at Wimbledon," 2 July 2019 Each club presented the Royal Couple with gifts, including a jersey and onsie for baby Archie. Jenna West, SI.com, "Yankees and Red Sox Combine for 30 Runs and Six Homers in Wild First Game in London," 29 June 2019 But my in-laws have started being sporadic with gifts. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: Grandparents were offended when we questioned their gift practices," 27 June 2019 But my in-laws have started being sporadic with gifts. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Inconsistent in-laws seem to be playing favorites," 27 June 2019 The week included stops at places like Gurney's, the Surf Lodge, and SOHO Beach House; Fuchs was provided with gifts from LoveShackFancy and Ramy Brook, and went on a shopping spree at the high-end boutique The Webster. Cait Munro, refinery29.com, "Why 200K People Couldn't Look Away From This Influencer's Viral Wedding Stunt," 25 June 2019 The problem most likely lies not with Keanu’s gifts as a performer but with a general perception of what good acting is. Time, "Why It Took Keanu Reeves 30 Years to Become an Overnight Sensation," 21 June 2019 But decorated with wedding gifts, ornate paperweights, and glass candy holders, their places felt like HGTV palaces. Logan Scherer, Curbed, "Housesitting made me want a life I thought I didn’t need," 20 June 2019 Two suitcases filled with gifts and other items were inside the vehicle, which was left unlocked with the keys inside, police said. chicagotribune.com, "Highland Park police: Thief steals Mercedes that was left unlocked with the car keys inside," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ellen White has four of England’s eight goals in France; of Norway’s seven goals, two have come on penalty kicks, and two were gifted by opponents on own goals. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Women’s World Cup on TV: England and Norway kick off the quarterfinals," 25 June 2019 He is also gifted with the very strengths that Mr Johnson lacks: an ability to re-energise government departments with conservative ideas, a broad interest in public policy and an impressive command of detail. The Economist, "And then there were two," 20 June 2019 The boy, Daylin Campbell, was gifted a bike for Christmas but was too weak to ride it at the time. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Minnesota Police Officer Responding to a Welfare Check Winds Up Mowing Elderly Woman's Lawn," 10 June 2019 Those who succeed are gifted a Bob’s Donut’s shirt. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Bob’s Donuts to open second San Francisco location," 7 June 2019 Seattle won’t be gifted an easy home victory before Christmas. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Five things to know about the Seahawks’ next opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs," 17 Dec. 2018 For almost four decades, the senior class at Gardena High School would come together to gift a work of art to their school — including pieces by notable California painters such as Edgar Payne and Maynard Dixon. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: A museum show explores what was showing on TV in the days of the U.S.S.R.," 20 June 2019 The Sounders finally broke through in the 44th minute after Renzo Zambrano committed a bad foul at the top of the box to gift Seattle a dangerous free kick. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Brian Fernandez leads Portland Timbers to 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders in fourth round of U.S. Open Cup," 12 June 2019 The host nation had led through Valerie Gauvin's 46th minute strike before French defender Wendie Renard inexplicably put through her own goal to gift Norway a route back into the contest. James Masters, CNN, "France beats Norway at Women's World Cup after VAR controversy," 12 June 2019

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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 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

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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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