\ 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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Other Words from gift


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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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


The money was a gift, not a loan. She considers her voice a God-given gift.


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

Traveling SpongeBob SpongeBob memes are truly the internet gift that keeps on giving. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Say Goodbye to the Season With the Best Memes of Summer From Hot Girl Summer to #ChickenWars," 30 Aug. 2019 The gifts are part of $5 million Publix is giving to organizations across the Southeast in September, which is national Hunger Action Week. Lee Roop |, al, "Publix gives $500,000 to food banks in Alabama," 29 Aug. 2019 When Georgia was pickled in Soviet aspic, those gifts were a lifeline to the world. The Economist, "A culture clash in the Caucasus," 29 Aug. 2019 The full extent of the gift was revealed to Gamez on Wednesday afternoon in one of UTI's massive student teaching rooms. Mackenzie Shuman, azcentral, "Make-A-Wish helps send Arizona teen to trade school for free," 29 Aug. 2019 Kids whose gift was to be themselves, in other words, whose skill set was building a persona from the ostensible reality of their lives. Ty Burr,, "Imagine Barbara Stanwyck on YouTube," 29 Aug. 2019 The gift is the first donation from the $50 million commitment that made in June to assist nonprofits that are attempting to tackle homelessness and displacement in the Bay Area. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Google gift bolsters Salvation Army’s San Jose affordable homes development," 28 Aug. 2019 Karen Lipman Steiger, a volunteer at The Gathering Place, made the first gift to support Wellness Without Walls. Carol Kovach,, "Westlake Porter Public Library is going fine-free: West Shore Chatter," 27 Aug. 2019 Donations of new and used musical instruments are accepted and all gifts are tax deductible. Aileen Simons,, "Column: Support communities hosting back-to-school drives," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When faced with arguably one of Europe's finest full-back pairings, the decision to gift them the freedom of the touchlines with the setup in question poses more questions than answers., "Arsenal: Promising Signs at Anfield Don't Outweigh the Same Old Glaring Deficiencies," 25 Aug. 2019 Psst: The chef is known to gift his peach jam and pickled vegetables to patrons celebrating a special occasion at Flamant. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 21 Aug. 2019 The photographer and mother of three loves the online retailer so much that her husband, Mac, decided to gift her a three-layer chocolate and buttercream birthday cake shaped to look like an Amazon package. Dave Quinn,, "Husband Surprises Amazon-Loving Wife with a Birthday Cake Made to Look Exactly Like a Package," 26 July 2019 Vergne became the sport's first ever double winner over the weekend -- successfully defending his crown from last season -- after title hopefuls Mitch Evans and Lucas di Grassi tangled on the final lap to gift the Frenchman seventh place. Matias Grez, CNN, "Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne punished with community service," 15 July 2019 Luckily, despite the strict 25-guest limit on the intimate event, the royals decided to gift the public with two portraits from the Saturday (July 6) ceremony. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Kate Middleton's Stella McCartney Look for Archie's Christening Is Giving Us Serious Gossip Girl Vibes," 6 July 2019 No need to gift him a trip, this shirt is a vacation in itself. Simona Matovic, oregonlive, "Fun beer-inspired gifts for Father’s Day," 12 June 2019 Their first half performance was very sloppy, with two unnecessary defensive errors gifting Chelsea a two-goal advantage, as the game looked beyond the Blades., "Chelsea 2-2 Sheffield United: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Blades Earn Famous Point," 31 Aug. 2019 The kids live in Avon, Columbus and Baltimore and gifted their parents with five grandchildren. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Gary and Pamela Ebert to be honored at the 2019 BAYarts annual Moondance," 24 Aug. 2019

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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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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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to spread over or through

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