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

Other Words from regift


regifter noun

Examples of regift in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Still, some celebs regift the bags or turn them down. Robert W. Wood, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 Except, of course, someone who gets Covid-19 can regift it to others. Adam Rogers, Wired, 23 Apr. 2021 Holguin Pineda was intrigued by the Facebook group, one of a network of thousands across the world where people regift items to neighbors instead of throwing them away. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021 The 2006 donation was ultimately regifted to charity when allegations against Epstein first emerged. Sarah Midkiff,, 29 May 2020 If not, consider regifting it or cashing it out at a reduced rate at resale sites like and Elaine Glusac, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2020 What sprung out of this regifting movement was surprising: in a society where civic participation and community bonds have weakened, the Buy Nothing economy created trust and familiarity. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, 17 Jan. 2020 But without regifting, those unwanted gifts will be thrown away or tucked into the back of a closet. Molly Quell, Popular Science, 6 Jan. 2020 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, 26 Nov. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Recommend a registry or regift Boxer also recommends using a gift registry, like Giftster, CheckedTwice or Amazon’s Wish List, to provide specific suggestions. Kim Fitzsimons, NBC News, 8 Dec. 2019 Gerwig’s is a regift of sorts, considering that this will technically be the eighth version of Alcott’s 1868 novel to appear on the big screen. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2019 No one wants to give a present that ends up relegated to the regift pile. The Cut, 16 Dec. 2017 See More

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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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“Regift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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