\ 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


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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giftee \ ˌgif-​ˈtē How to pronounce GIFT (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for gift

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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

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 The discord within the movement is a gift for Johnson. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Nicola Sturgeon’s Quest for Scottish Independence," 3 May 2021 This is a gift and shouldn’t come with any strings attached. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "When to Give Inheritance Money to Your Kids," 30 Apr. 2021 The cameras are a gift from a donor at the HonorHealth Foundation for which Quihuis-Bell is extremely thankful. Delaney White, The Arizona Republic, "New cameras at Scottsdale hospital let families see babies in the NICU from anywhere," 28 Apr. 2021 The Bliss Triple Oxygenating Mask was a gift from a friend. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Six Authors and Poets Write Odes to the Beauty Products They Can’t Live Without," 28 Apr. 2021 Crafted by the Bond Street firm Hunt & Roskell, which held a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria, the brooch was a gift from the people of Richmond, an affluent borough in southwest London. Laurie Brookins, Robb Report, "The Touching Story Behind the Brooch Queen Elizabeth Wore to Prince Philip’s Funeral," 21 Apr. 2021 The coronavirus pandemic and this recent move are a gift to manufacturers and providers, but not to girls and women who suffer. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Chemical Abortion by Mail Is Cruelty to Women and Girls," 19 Apr. 2021 Explicitly identifying your purpose is a gift to yourself. Alexsys "lexy" Thompson, Forbes, "Integration: Where All You Are Comes Together To Lead," 16 Apr. 2021 With former President Trump leading both the polls and the betting markets for the 2024 Republican nomination, continuing the war in Afghanistan would be a gift to his future campaign. NBC News, "Daunte Wright's family reject police 'accident' explanation: The Morning Rundown," 14 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sure, wins over the depleted Blue Jackets shouldn’t gift Dallas a playoff spot. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars get rare Sunday respite to rest during grueling pace of condensed season," 18 Apr. 2021 To encourage travel to America's national parks, one company will gift an annual pass to select visitors who make a vacation rental booking during National Park Week, which runs from April 17 to 25, 2021. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "Book a Stay During National Park Week and This Vacation Rental Company Will Pay for Your Annual Pass," 5 Apr. 2021 While working to get a couture clothing line off the ground, founder Jasmin Larian started making crowns for fun, simply to gift them to friends at parties or birthday celebrations. Rosa Sanchez, Forbes, "22 Brands Discuss The Importance Of Ethics In Fashion, For Earth Day," 21 Apr. 2021 The contest will gift new classroom furniture and decor to one incredible teacher in the United States, giving their students a beautiful and functional place to learn for the 2021-2022 school year (pending coronavirus restrictions). Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Wayfair Professional Is Looking to Give Away a "Dream Classroom" Redesign to One Deserving Teacher," 30 Mar. 2021 As part of its celebration, the Salt Lake City Greek Orthodox community also will gift a large flag — from Greece’s president, Katerina Sakellaropoulou — to the state, said parish President George Karahalios. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Hundreds of blue and white flags wave in Utah for Greece’s bicentennial. Why it’s also a religious occasion.," 24 Mar. 2021 The $250 package allows purchasers to donate one coping box and receive or gift another, both valued at $100, and donate $150. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, "Easterseals Michigan providing coping boxes to aid with winter blues during COVID-19," 25 Feb. 2021 The $125 package allows those interested to donate, receive or gift one coping box valued at $50 and donate $75. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, "Easterseals Michigan providing coping boxes to aid with winter blues during COVID-19," 25 Feb. 2021 The turning point in the early stages came as the pair exchanged a stunning 28-shot rally, with Djokovic dumping his final shot into the bottom of the net to gift the Russian break point. Matias Grez, CNN, "Novak Djokovic beats Daniil Medvedev in Australian Open final to claim 18th grand slam title," 21 Feb. 2021

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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

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of gift was in the 12th century

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7 May 2021

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“Gift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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 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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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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