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

Snag one for your actual mom, or be your own Momager and buy yourself a mother's day gift. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Dropped a Kris Jenner Makeup Collection Just in Time for Mother's Day," 23 Apr. 2019 In return, authorities said, Ms. Lin received gifts including Apple devices and free work at her properties in Queens, N.Y. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Former Airline Employee Pleads Guilty to Acting as Chinese Agent," 18 Apr. 2019 Another routinely used her refund to pay off credit card debt accumulated over the previous holiday season buying gifts for her kids. Samantha Leac, Glamour, "Single Moms Are Facing Unforeseen Tax Hikes Under Trump's New Plan," 16 Apr. 2019 Its purpose is to encourage kids to behave, and help them understand that the holidays are about more than just receiving gifts. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Peep on a Perch' Is the New 'Elf on a Shelf'," 8 Mar. 2019 With prices starting at $8 (shout out to It Cosmetics’s confetti poppers!), beauty product ornaments could be the next big gift-giving craze. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Sephora is Selling Beauty Product Holiday Ornaments," 2 Dec. 2018 During the holidays, these public profiles and wish lists help people buy gifts for you. Kim Komando, Fox News, "Speed up your tablet, hide your Amazon profile and more: Tech Q&A," 8 Sep. 2018 Since going public with their plea, cards and gifts have been flooding the Allen home for the boy, who is the youngest of six siblings. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Dying boy's Christmas decorations allegedly vandalized, neighbor claims," 19 Sep. 2018 The statement alleges that Cordon was injured after the attacker pistol-whipped her while trying to retrieve jewelry — specifically, ones that McCoy had given her as gifts. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "NFL's LeSean McCoy Hires Prominent Defense Attorney After Photo of Bloody & Beaten Ex Goes Viral," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

DONNARUMMA DISASTER AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma gifted Sampdoria a goal in a 1-0 loss that could hurt the Rossoneri’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League. Andrew Dampf, The Seattle Times, "Kean keeps up scoring form in Juventus win over Empoli," 30 Mar. 2019 Though this variety is technically the 10 year anniversary flower, gifting your special someone this lucky flower on Valentine's Day will bring 12 months of good luck and happiness, according to Teleflora. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 Luckily, gifting the people in your life with a little something special doesn't have to mean breaking the bank. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Best Holiday Gifts Under $20 for Beauty, Hair, and Skin Care Lovers," 11 Oct. 2018 Prince William and Duchess Kate were gifted with the 10-bedroom Anmer Hall on Queen Elizabeth’s private Sandringham Estate after their nuptials—and is likely to carry on the tradition with Harry and Meghan. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have a New Countryside Retreat," 31 May 2018 There’s no denying that Ben Simmons is athletically gifted with size and strength seldom seen in so young a player. Sarah Todd, Philly.com, "Sixers' Ben Simmons has solidified himself as one of the NBA's best passers," 25 Mar. 2018 People are gifted at sensing when something doesn't feel right. Rich Santos, Marie Claire, "The Signs He's Cheating," 31 Mar. 2015 Upton is hardly the first celebrity to use Houzz to gift a renovation: Past stars of the series have included Ashton Kutcher, Kristen Bell, Gordon Ramsay, and Mario Lopez, to name a few. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Kate Upton Just Secretly Renovated Her Sister's Home," 10 Apr. 2019 Following her extra special first birthday party, which included the creation of theme park #StormiWorld in her honor, baby Stormi was gifted a glitzy diamond chain by her father, Travis Scott. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott Just Gave Stormi the Most Precious Lightning Bolt Necklace," 17 Feb. 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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