Main definitions of gift in English

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gift1

noun

  • 1A thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present.

    ‘wedding gifts’
    • ‘Internet shopping for gifts is predicted to set new records this season, while traditional retailers have been bracing themselves for empty aisles.’
    • ‘Any gifts or payments to purchasing agents, suppliers and the like should be made honestly and openly.’
    • ‘For something a little less bodacious, here's a neat online shop for fun gifts; I would recommend a new shower curtain.’
    • ‘The following morning, mercifully sunny, I shopped for gifts in the back streets and then headed for the airport.’
    • ‘Her wedding gifts to her husband were spectacular.’
    • ‘Certainly one can't have the receiver present while shopping for the gift!’
    • ‘The couple decided to forego wedding presents and gifts totalling £900 were handed over to the hospital.’
    • ‘To help those on the hunt for suitable gifts for loved ones in the family, as well as for friends, shops selling gifts have begun displaying a variety of articles.’
    • ‘An example was the wedding gift to one of his advisers' sons who was presented with a cheque for $50,000.’
    • ‘Why not visit the website and think about trouble-free shopping for your special gifts?’
    • ‘I'll get you your final pay together as well as a bonus as a wedding gift, to help things along.’
    • ‘Newlyweds normally have a present list that includes crockery and toasters, but a new alternative could see couples giving goat herds to poor countries as wedding gifts.’
    • ‘The toasts were made, the wedding gifts presented, and finally we dined.’
    • ‘The plaques make ideal gifts for weddings and special occasions.’
    • ‘Presenting the gift, Grant said she had heard a lot about the group since her return from England and decided to pay them a visit to learn even more.’
    • ‘Potter would write out her stories in an exercise book, paste in a few watercolours and a number of pen-and-ink sketches and then present it as a gift to a favoured child.’
    • ‘Usually, if a woman wants to end the relationship, she returns the gift willingly.’
    • ‘With Christmas coming, she said, a lot of men save their money to shop for family gifts.’
    • ‘It is basically for this reason that the appellant claims that the payments to him were gifts and did not attract tax.’
    • ‘The king meant to present the elephant as a wedding gift to his nephew and future emperor of Europe, Maximilian II.’
    present, donation, offering, contribution, handout, presentation, bestowal, largesse, alms, charity, bonus, award, premium, bounty, boon, favour, bequest, legacy, inheritance, settlement, subsidy, grant, endowment, benefaction
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    1. 1.1 An act of giving something as a present.
      ‘his mother's gift of a pen’
      • ‘The theme behind the design is the gift of perfume for Mother's Day, but the execution is that of stylized glamour.’
      • ‘Aside from the gift of time, mothers like to feel pampered.’
    2. 1.2informal A very easy task or unmissable opportunity.
      ‘that goal was an absolute gift’
      • ‘For some, it's a gift - and the opportunity to recover while off from school or work.’
      • ‘To be a Christian is always both a gift and a task.’
      • ‘The current climate - fear of terrorism - is an absolute gift to anyone trying to introduce a cull of civil rights.’
      • ‘Anything that retains water is an absolute gift in places like Tony's ranch, which gets only 13 inches of precipitation a year.’
      • ‘Nature works wonders at times, and having courgettes in season simultaneously with these little mushrooms is an absolute gift - they are a match made in heaven.’
      • ‘To me, IVF is a real honour, it's an absolute gift to families, it really is.’
      • ‘These were good examples of him being handed the gift of an easy win.’
      • ‘I had already been given a rare opportunity and gift.’
      • ‘And that sense of boundless opportunity is a gift that we must pass on to all who come after us.’
      • ‘A run out means an absolute gift to the opposition.’
      • ‘Rivett threw a wild, high pass over Munro's head to present Stuart Litter with an absolute gift.’
      easy task, easy job, child's play, five-finger exercise, walkover, nothing, sinecure, gravy train
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  • 2A natural ability or talent.

    ‘he has a gift for comedy’
    • ‘Other people might have a gift for the graphic arts.’
    • ‘She had a gift for insight, and she got to know me perhaps better than I got to know her.’
    • ‘She had a natural gift for it and has kept with it.’
    • ‘Larson is a talented writer with a gift for surprising language, and an admirable impulse to show and not tell.’
    • ‘Advertising folks who do this best have a natural gift for empathizing with the customers they hope to seduce.’
    • ‘In fact, no one could take his greatest assets from him - his self-confidence and his gift for self-promotion.’
    • ‘Ray had a gift for bringing out the musical talent in so many young students and the annual shows were eagerly awaited, filling the Town Hall for a week of nights every Hallowe'en.’
    • ‘He had a natural gift for the game, and did little else with his time.’
    • ‘His talent is not just a gift for judging what the public want to watch and listen to, but working it for all it's worth while it's hot.’
    • ‘It's either a talent or a special gift, this ability to see things in that particular context.’
    • ‘As a comedy writer, she has a gift for acerbic insight - the kind of funny that hurts.’
    • ‘As a young boy he showed a remarkable gift for music and his family encouraged this talent.’
    • ‘Sasha had a natural gift for anything mechanical.’
    • ‘It's just raw experience told by someone who has a gift for vivid detail, and occasional insight.’
    • ‘Most importantly, she was completely focussed on the concert and didn't seem to take her natural gift for granted.’
    • ‘But he has developed a rare gift for drawing, and his talent is now being recognised nationally.’
    • ‘In terms of the whole range of human abilities, talents and gifts, no two of us are alike.’
    • ‘She had a natural instinct and gift for moving in a sexy way when she was nude.’
    • ‘Yet the core of Boyd's ability, the essence of his talent, is his gift for finishing.’
    • ‘It's rare to find a stand-up with such a gift for characterisation or such original and well-researched material.’
    talent, flair, aptitude, facility, knack, technique, touch, bent, ability, expertise, capacity, capability, power, faculty
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Give (something) as a gift, especially formally or as a donation or bequest.

    ‘the company gifted 2,999 shares to a charity’
    • ‘And when someone in the UK gifts a posy to a loved one this coming Valentine's, chances are that it will be from Bangalore.’
    • ‘A green man, as he likes to call himself, Robin David says that he always gifts a tree on birthdays and other occasions.’
    • ‘However, the money is held within the foundation and it gifts the money annually.’
    • ‘Couples select a group of charities and each guest chooses to gift a donation to the charity of their choice.’
    • ‘Some residents remembered Barnett gifting the piano in 1992.’
    • ‘At the age of 14 his parents gifted him a computer.’
    • ‘The actor had requested his fans to show their appreciation by gifting articles like notebooks and geometry boxes to the needy.’
    • ‘Rather, the goods passing hands were priceless jewels and ornaments gifted by foreign rulers, and at stake was the reputation and future of the monarchy.’
    • ‘He was Labour's most generous donor in Scotland in 1999 and 2000, gifting it more than £20,000.’
    • ‘Over 24 years ago, a friend gifted me a beautiful antique fan.’
    • ‘In that sense, they are incapable of gifting the money they have.’
    • ‘But if a parent gifts an asset which produces capital growth, any capital gain is taxed as the child's.’
    • ‘For those who wish to gift a pen to the loved one, it has introduced a red roller ball-pen in an attractive package, with Valentine hearts printed all over.’
    • ‘He surprised children at the venue by gifting them some toys that he purchased.’
    • ‘She is prevented from selling or gifting this property to a non-resident even if it is her husband.’
    • ‘Instead of lending or gifting the money for a deposit, a parent buys a proportion of the property alongside their child.’
    • ‘Workers in Yorkshire are gifting their employers more than £1.89 billion worth of unpaid overtime every year.’
    1. 1.1 Present (someone) with a gift or gifts.
      ‘the queen gifted him with a heart-shaped brooch’
      • ‘We have no way of providing a new shelter unless someone or some organisation gifts us with a building.’
      • ‘You are fêted by kings and presidents when you win an Olympic medal; you are gifted with bungalows and cars.’
      • ‘It was the last bottle of the champagne we were gifted with for our reception.’
      present, give, bestow, confer, donate, contribute, endow, award, accord, grant
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    2. 1.2gift someone with Endow with (something)
      ‘man is gifted with a moral sense’
      • ‘You can teach somebody and school them to be an actor but to be a very good actor you must have stage presence and Des has been gifted with that.’
      • ‘As well as a sparkling wit, Sir Harry was gifted with a powerful tenor voice which he put to good effect on many religious music shows which he presented.’
      • ‘He kept stoking the fire of his intellect and did a successful job of blending it with the artistic talent he has been gifted with to reach where he is today.’
      • ‘Patience was definitely not a virtue I wasn't gifted with, and although he had promised his friend's house was only a few minutes away I couldn't help but feel irritated.’
      • ‘He was gifted with a great eye and a quick pair of feet.’
      • ‘The corpse of a sunflower dangled out of a clay pot on the railing - Paula was not gifted with an especially green thumb.’
      • ‘Patience wasn't a virtue you were gifted with, was it?’
      • ‘And I sat bolt upright, temporarily blinded from the result of the pressure of my arm on my eyes, but even if I was gifted with 20/20 vision, I wouldn't have been able to foresee what happened next.’
      • ‘Hailing from a musical family has gifted him with an ear for sound.’
      • ‘He was gifted with a mouth that works at 3,000 words per second when he needs it.’
    3. 1.3informal Inadvertently allow (an opponent) to have something.
      with two objects ‘the goalkeeper gifted Liverpool their last-minute winner’
      • ‘A desperately poor pass from Jerry Collins gifted a try for them in the second quarter.’
      • ‘The visitors' only first half problems were self-inflicted with Merris, like Pearson earlier, slightly fortunate not to be punished for gifting the ball to the opposition.’
      • ‘But, as conditions deteriorated, a drizzle giving way to a steady downpour, so did the standard of play with a succession of knock-ons gifting both sides possession.’
      • ‘A goalkeeping error to gift a goal, a man dismissed, and a 2-1 defeat in their opening tie.’
      • ‘A poor pass went to ground gifting a try to centre Tony Waite with Grayshon adding his second conversion with the last kick of the match.’

Phrases

  • in the gift of

    • (of a Church living or official appointment) in the power of (someone) to award.

      ‘nine seats in parliament were now in his gift’
      • ‘To the consumer including the haulier and the farmer it is clear that if the price of crude oil is not in the gift of the government, the tax element is, and, therefore, they could change it.’
      • ‘The row began when the church questioned whether the Queen had ever bestowed the highest honour in her gift, the Order of the Thistle, on a Catholic.’
      • ‘It's something he has had to deal with but, then, it is in his gift to do so.’
      • ‘This appointment was largely in the gift of the Lord Advocate himself.’
      • ‘The type of honours he was bandying about are generally not even in the gift of politicians.’
      • ‘Labour delegates have it in their gift today to hold their leaders to account and uphold the cause of peace and self-determination.’
      • ‘He has 12 cabinet positions to give out, and a further 15 junior ministries in his gift, a total of 27 positions.’
      • ‘Membership of Parliament was largely in the gift of the rich.’
      • ‘The spokeswoman said: ‘It is entirely in the gift of the Queen.’’
      • ‘All that she needs to do is appoint judges as part-timers, and then it is in her gift to convert them to full-timers, as and when a vacancy occurs, so that there are no more vacancies for some time.’
  • don't look a gift horse in the mouth

    • proverb Don't find fault with something that you have discovered or been given.

      • ‘Ah well, don't look a gift horse in the mouth, right?’
      • ‘I doubt whether there are any famous people or people of high standing living in the community, so don't look a gift horse in the mouth and grab this golden opportunity while it is still there.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse gipt; related to give.

Pronunciation

gift

/ɡɪft/

Main definitions of gift in English

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GIFT2

noun

mass nounMedicine
  • Gamete intrafallopian transfer, a technique for assisting conception by introducing mixed ova and sperm into a fallopian tube.

Origin

1980s: acronym.

Pronunciation

GIFT

/ɡɪft/