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: a notable capacity, talent, or endowment
: something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation
: the act, right, or power of giving


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gifted; gifting; gifts

transitive verb

: to endow with some power, quality, or attribute
She's been gifted with a beautiful voice.
: 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
: 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
giftee noun


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gamete intrafallopian transfer; gamete intrafallopian tube transfer
Choose the Right Synonym for gift

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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
To supplement the hours working with Lucas, Davis had his son watch instructional videos of Maravich, who had a gift for making dribbling, passing and shooting look easy. Tom Withers, ajc, 3 Mar. 2023 If Wednesday was the final time members of Kentucky's six-man senior class ever suit up at Rupp Arena, the Wildcats didn’t give fans the best parting gift. Ryan Black, The Courier-Journal, 2 Mar. 2023 Carrie Underwood may have 16 No. 1 Billboard Country Airplay hits and nine top country albums to her credit, but her live shows spotlight her gift as a multi-faceted and genre-fluid vocalist and performer. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 2 Mar. 2023 Washington’s cherry blossoms date back 111 years to an original 1912 gift of 3,000 trees from the mayor of Tokyo. Ashraf Khalil, Chicago Tribune, 1 Mar. 2023 Need a housewarming gift or something to celebrate a special occasion? Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Mar. 2023 Peak bloom, defined as the point when 70 percent of the blossoms along the Tidal Basin have flowered, attracts massive crowds every year to visit the flowering trees, a gift from Japan in 1912. Karina Elwood, Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2023 Sure, the egg hunts, the DIY arts & craft activities, and the obsene amount of sweets are usually reserved for the little ones, but every bunny old and young would be delighted to get in on the fun and be treated to a special gift themselves. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 1 Mar. 2023 First designed for Queen Elizabeth II in 1960, the original Welsh Guards Leek Brooch was presented to the monarch as a regimental gift funded by the guardsmen themselves. Stephanie Bridger-linning, Glamour, 1 Mar. 2023
During his visit with Eugene Pickett, the deputy director of NLFR, the two decided to gift the school with three horses after seeing Arellano and students working their only horse, Felice. Laura Rodríguez Presa, Chicago Tribune, 7 Sep. 2022 Head over to Nordstrom and grab your favorite finds from the Winter Sale for yourself, or to gift to a loved one until February 20. Buy It! Lauren Fischer, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2023 Those who want to gift their mom with flowers all year long can also take advantage of Urban Stem’s flower subscription service with a different arrangement delivered to her door step, weekly, twice monthly or monthly. Josie Howell |, al, 2 Dec. 2022 While this small pack of Turkish coffee and pebble chocolates makes a cute wedding favor, gift them for the holidays and customize the tag with the giftee's name and date of birth. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 23 Sep. 2022 After all, no one wants to gift a dud that will quickly become a drink coaster or shiny Christmas ornament. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 6 Dec. 2021 Chaco took their original hiking sandal design and paired it down to gift us a lightweight version that can seamlessly go from trail to town and look good doing it. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 13 Feb. 2023 Get nine pairs of novelty of knee socks in this set, which comes ready to gift in a festive holiday box. Alesandra Dubin, Woman's Day, 27 Dec. 2022 Apparently, there’s also a secret ending that will gift a neat play of the game cinematic to whoever unlocks it. Ash Parrish, The Verge, 6 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old Norse, something given, talent; akin to Old English giefan to give

First Known Use


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gift was in the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near gift

Cite this Entry

“Gift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a special ability : talent
: something given : present

Medical Definition


gamete intrafallopian transfer; gamete intrafallopian tube transfer

Legal Definition


: 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
: something voluntarily transferred without compensation
: 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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