\ 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

Other Words from gift


giftee \ ˌgif-​ˈtē How to pronounce GIFT (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for gift

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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

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 Subscribe to the Globe or give a subscription as a gift. Boston Globe, 25 Nov. 2021 Inspired by Botticelli’s La Primavera artist Vittorio Accornero creates the Flora print for Gucci, which Rodolfo has printed on a scarf as a gift for Princess Grace of Monaco. Vogue, 24 Nov. 2021 The pause comes as the busy holiday season begins and many fans have been considering buying one as a gift to their family. Chris Morris, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2021 The figurines were probably admired and handled by Charles’ friend Marcel Proust, who would visit his Parisian salon, before they were sent as a wedding gift to an Ephrussi cousin in Vienna. Sandee Brawarsky,, 22 Nov. 2021 The locals brought a gallon of hot milk as a gift to mark the occasion. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2021 Now just a few days later, the village’s iconic 110-year-old bicycle shop is welcoming customers again with bikes being sold to one of the people who boarded up the windows and another to a grandmother as a gift to her grandson. Daniel I. Dorfman,, 19 Nov. 2021 Each pair is perfect as a gift to yourself or a present to a friend or family member who loves fun jewelry. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Nov. 2021 Lauren had carried her own two babies easily and felt a calling to help a family unable to do so themselves, as a gift to the couple. Rachel Burchfield,, 18 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fitzsimmons, from Devon, in southwest, England, is now planning to gift the 16th century falcon to Hampton Court Palace -- where the wooden bird would have likely adorned Boleyn's private quarters -- on a long-term loan. Hannah Ryan, CNN, 7 Nov. 2021 Barrymore also featured the brand's Mulling Spices on her show, which are perfect to gift to the wine or cocktail lover in your life. Jessica Leigh Mattern,, 31 Oct. 2021 Romantic connections are not the only ones the Universe is waiting to gift you with. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Nov. 2021 If there's someone in your life who has hinted at wanting to learn the ropes, gift them a private virtual lesson. Medea Giordano, Wired, 22 Oct. 2021 Some people unwittingly gift plants carrying mosquito eggs. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2021 The streamer that continues to expand into the Christmas movie space will gift you with the rom-com Single All the Way, which features (for the first time) a gay romance at its center, with two romantic prospects for the lead character. Dan Snierson,, 6 Oct. 2021 One reasonable strategy for some professors with significant IRAs and retirement plans who will not likely spend all their money is to make taxable withdrawals from the retirement plan and/or IRA, pay the tax, and then gift the net proceeds. James Lange, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 The four tourists currently orbiting the planet are following a proud space tradition: Packing the rocket with fun stuff to sell or gift upon their return to Earth. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 17 Sep. 2021

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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



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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