re·​gift | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈgift How to pronounce regift (audio) \
regifted; regifting; regifts

Definition of regift

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to give someone a gift that was previously received from someone else

transitive verb

: to give (a previously received gift) to someone else



Definition of regift (Entry 2 of 2)

: something given as a gift that the giver has previously received as a gift from someone else Make sure the regift recipient doesn't frequent the same social circles that the original gift-giver does.— Chris Mautner

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Other Words from regift


regifter noun

Examples of regift in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As an earth sign, Taurus is very attentive to details, so regifting or offering them a cheap knockoff is an absolute no-no. Alice Bell, Vogue, "The Best Gifts for Every Astrological Sign on Your List," 26 Nov. 2018 Those in the transplant field say there will never be a huge number of kidneys available for regifting: Only 1 in 200 people die in a way that is viable for donation and only a small fraction of those people have received a kidney transplant. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, "A new way to ease the organ shortage: ‘Regifting’ kidneys used in previous transplants," 25 Apr. 2018 When regifting a holiday gift be sure to present it with the maximum panache and verve. Simon Doonan, Town & Country, "HOW-TO TUESDAY," 17 Dec. 2013 Billy (Dead Silence, 2007) When this guy gets regifted, people die and get their tongues ripped out. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "10 creepy movie dolls you really don't want in your house (including Annabelle), ranked," 8 Aug. 2017 Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) was given the fancy Valyrian steel dagger once used in an attempt to murder him, but almost immediately regifted it to Arya, who has always liked pointy things. Ellen Gray,, "'Game of Thrones': 'Spoils of War'," 7 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

No one wants to give a present that ends up relegated to the regift pile. The Cut, "10 Luxe Gifts That Will Never Go Out of Style," 16 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of regift


1995, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1998, in the meaning defined above

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