gift

noun
\ ˈgift \

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 \ 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

Her younger sister Kylie Jenner shared a glimpse of an elaborate gift, presumably from beau Travis Scott. Vogue, "The Sweetest Celebrity Valentine’s Day Posts, From Nicole Kidman to Hailey Bieber," 14 Feb. 2019 The seemingly wholesome holiday often features delicious brunch spreads, thoughtful gifts, and sentimental cards, but the event actually has surprisingly somber roots. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When Is Mother's Day? Here's Everything You Need to Know About the Holiday," 7 Feb. 2019 In what may be the best Christmas gift ever, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has reportedly been discharged from the hospital following surgery to remove lung cancer. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Been Released from the Hospital Following Lung Cancer Surgery," 26 Dec. 2018 In these creaking ruins, stable ground and even breathable air are a gift, through Croft often dives in without apparent worry that either will ever run out. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Shadow of the Tomb Raider review: Fighting for my life and loving it," 10 Sep. 2018 The goods news is that because of their lovely and unique nature, pearls also make for a beautiful and stylish gift for Valentine’s Day. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Forget Diamonds: Why Pearls Are the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift," 28 Jan. 2019 This is the perfect gift for the adventurous kid in your life. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This Backpack Doubles As A Scooter, And Any Kid Would Be OBSESSED," 25 Jan. 2019 Shoppers are those who value buying unique gifts for family, friends, or themselves. Country Living, "Our Village™—An Online Marketplace Making The World A Better Place," 1 Jan. 2019 In a new video shared by Netflix, stars of the series — including Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink, and Noah Schnapp — gather together to prepare some gifts for fans of the series. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The “Stranger Things” Cast Wrapped Gifts for Fans in a Hilarious Netflix Video," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

From Princess Diana's aquamarine cocktail ring to the Duchess's sentimental engagement ring, there are countless precious gems for Harry and Meghan to gift their future family. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "The Sweet Connection Meghan Markle's Favorite Watch Has to the Late Princess Diana," 13 Aug. 2018 Raphael Varane's fantastic header and a goalkeeping howler by Fernando Muslera to gift Antoine Griezmann a goal saw France ease to victory in a far more comfortable outing than the thrilling 4-3 last-16 win over Argentina. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Deschamps: France have 'plenty of room for improvement'," 6 July 2018 Another option would be to gift the appreciated stock to charity. Nathan Bachrach, Cincinnati.com, "Will Social Security be there when I'm ready to retire?," 14 June 2018 Though the movie came out last year, Peele has decided to gift fans with a vinyl version of the movie soundtrack. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "'Get Out' Movie Soundtrack Will Be Released on Vinyl June 15," 11 June 2018 Ureña served up a leadoff home run to Cesar Hernandez in the first inning and then airmailed an easy throw to first base in the second to gift a pair of runs to Philadelphia. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Uneven beginning buries Marlins as win streak is snapped in shutout," 3 May 2018 Salah cushioned a long pass in midfield to Roberto Firmino, for the Brazilian to gift the Egyptian King with a calm, collected assist who dinked it over the keeper and into goal. SI.com, "Liverpool 5-2 Roma: Salah Masterclass Steals Show Despite Late Giallorossi Rally," 24 Apr. 2018 Markle's Suits costar, Patrick J. Adams, however, is debating on a household item to gift the couple. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reveal the One Wedding Gift They're Asking For," 9 Apr. 2018 The Woodland Hills students assembled their bird houses and each team picked a staff member to whom to gift their creations. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Birdhouses help Humble ISD fourth-graders learn math," 13 Feb. 2018

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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 \

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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