Definition of gift in English:

gift

noun

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

    ‘wedding gifts’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why not visit the website and think about trouble-free shopping for your special gifts?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Internet shopping for gifts is predicted to set new records this season, while traditional retailers have been bracing themselves for empty aisles.’
    • ‘With Christmas coming, she said, a lot of men save their money to shop for family gifts.’
    • ‘Usually, if a woman wants to end the relationship, she returns the gift willingly.’
    • ‘For something a little less bodacious, here's a neat online shop for fun gifts; I would recommend a new shower curtain.’
    • ‘The couple decided to forego wedding presents and gifts totalling £900 were handed over to the hospital.’
    • ‘I'll get you your final pay together as well as a bonus as a wedding gift, to help things along.’
    • ‘Certainly one can't have the receiver present while shopping for the gift!’
    • ‘The king meant to present the elephant as a wedding gift to his nephew and future emperor of Europe, Maximilian II.’
    • ‘Any gifts or payments to purchasing agents, suppliers and the like should be made honestly and openly.’
    • ‘The toasts were made, the wedding gifts presented, and finally we dined.’
    • ‘Her wedding gifts to her husband were spectacular.’
    • ‘The following morning, mercifully sunny, I shopped for gifts in the back streets and then headed for the airport.’
    • ‘An example was the wedding gift to one of his advisers' sons who was presented with a cheque for $50,000.’
    • ‘The plaques make ideal gifts for weddings and special occasions.’
    • ‘It is basically for this reason that the appellant claims that the payments to him were gifts and did not attract tax.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Aside from the gift of time, mothers like to feel pampered.’
      • ‘The theme behind the design is the gift of perfume for Mother's Day, but the execution is that of stylized glamour.’
    2. 1.2informal A very easy task or unmissable opportunity:
      ‘that goal was an absolute gift’
      • ‘Rivett threw a wild, high pass over Munro's head to present Stuart Litter with an absolute gift.’
      • ‘The current climate - fear of terrorism - is an absolute gift to anyone trying to introduce a cull of civil rights.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I had already been given a rare opportunity and gift.’
      • ‘Anything that retains water is an absolute gift in places like Tony's ranch, which gets only 13 inches of precipitation a year.’
      • ‘For some, it's a gift - and the opportunity to recover while off from school or work.’
      • ‘These were good examples of him being handed the gift of an easy win.’
      • ‘To be a Christian is always both a gift and a task.’
      • ‘And that sense of boundless opportunity is a gift that we must pass on to all who come after us.’
      • ‘To me, IVF is a real honour, it's an absolute gift to families, it really is.’
      • ‘A run out means an absolute gift to the opposition.’
  • 2A natural ability or talent:

    ‘he has a gift for comedy’
    • ‘In fact, no one could take his greatest assets from him - his self-confidence and his gift for self-promotion.’
    • ‘It's either a talent or a special gift, this ability to see things in that particular context.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sasha had a natural gift for anything mechanical.’
    • ‘Yet the core of Boyd's ability, the essence of his talent, is his gift for finishing.’
    • ‘It's just raw experience told by someone who has a gift for vivid detail, and occasional insight.’
    • ‘In terms of the whole range of human abilities, talents and gifts, no two of us are alike.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's rare to find a stand-up with such a gift for characterisation or such original and well-researched material.’
    • ‘Other people might have a gift for the graphic arts.’
    • ‘She had a natural instinct and gift for moving in a sexy way when she was nude.’
    • ‘Larson is a talented writer with a gift for surprising language, and an admirable impulse to show and not tell.’
    • ‘As a young boy he showed a remarkable gift for music and his family encouraged this talent.’
    • ‘He had a natural gift for the game, and did little else with his time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a comedy writer, she has a gift for acerbic insight - the kind of funny that hurts.’
    • ‘Advertising folks who do this best have a natural gift for empathizing with the customers they hope to seduce.’
    talent, flair, aptitude, facility, knack, technique, touch, bent, ability, expertise, capacity, capability, power, faculty
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Give (something) as a gift, especially formally or as a donation or bequest:

    ‘the company gifted 2,999 shares to a charity’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In that sense, they are incapable of gifting the money they have.’
    • ‘Instead of lending or gifting the money for a deposit, a parent buys a proportion of the property alongside their child.’
    • ‘He was Labour's most generous donor in Scotland in 1999 and 2000, gifting it more than £20,000.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some residents remembered Barnett gifting the piano in 1992.’
    • ‘She is prevented from selling or gifting this property to a non-resident even if it is her husband.’
    • ‘A green man, as he likes to call himself, Robin David says that he always gifts a tree on birthdays and other occasions.’
    • ‘At the age of 14 his parents gifted him a computer.’
    • ‘However, the money is held within the foundation and it gifts the money annually.’
    • ‘Workers in Yorkshire are gifting their employers more than £1.89 billion worth of unpaid overtime every year.’
    • ‘Over 24 years ago, a friend gifted me a beautiful antique fan.’
    • ‘Couples select a group of charities and each guest chooses to gift a donation to the charity of their choice.’
    • ‘The actor had requested his fans to show their appreciation by gifting articles like notebooks and geometry boxes to the needy.’
    • ‘But if a parent gifts an asset which produces capital growth, any capital gain is taxed as the child's.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Present (someone) with a gift or gifts:
      ‘the queen gifted him with a heart-shaped brooch’
      • ‘You are fêted by kings and presidents when you win an Olympic medal; you are gifted with bungalows and cars.’
      • ‘We have no way of providing a new shelter unless someone or some organisation gifts us with a building.’
      • ‘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
      pledge, vouchsafe, furnish, bequeath, hand over, turn over, make over, leave, will
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    2. 1.2gift someone with Endow with (something):
      ‘man is gifted with a moral sense’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was gifted with a mouth that works at 3,000 words per second when he needs it.’
      • ‘The corpse of a sunflower dangled out of a clay pot on the railing - Paula was not gifted with an especially green thumb.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘He was gifted with a great eye and a quick pair of feet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Patience wasn't a virtue you were gifted with, was 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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘A goalkeeping error to gift a goal, a man dismissed, and a 2-1 defeat in their opening tie.’
      • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • the gift of the gab

    • The ability to speak with eloquence and fluency:

      ‘my friend had the gift of the gab and gradually defused the situation’
      • ‘Over 10 spirited contestants with a gift of the gab, including a girl student, were chosen for the finals of the mock press competition organised in connection with Noopuram 2003, the youth festival of Cusat.’
      • ‘‘An anchor should have gift of the gab, be fluent in a language, maintain eye contact with the viewer and make the caller feel easy,’ she says.’
      • ‘Nicole has the gift of the gab and the ability to fire out a quick response without thinking too much about it.’
      • ‘The medallion imparts the gift of gab and is powered by solar energy.’
      • ‘Acting is not mere gift of the gab, but a skill that comes from a serious observation of life and all around.’
      • ‘I note some tut-tutting over the methods employed by frontline reporters armed with only the gift of the gab, trying to convince Brown to speak to them.’
      • ‘Your delightful gift of gab can get you in gossip trouble but, of course, you can talk your way out of it.’
      • ‘A lot of people only get honours because they have got the gift of the gab.’
      • ‘He's a cheeky chappy who we're expected to find charismatic simply because he has the gift of the gab, but he's all cockiness and no collateral.’
      • ‘It was this natural gift of the gab, her bright and lively manner and her instinct for a good yarn that helped her win a rare career break into broadcasting as she approached 40.’
      eloquence, fluency, clarity of speech, expressiveness, articulateness, articulacy, good command of the language
      persuasiveness
      a way with words, blarney
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  • the gift of tongues

    • The power of speaking in unknown languages, regarded as one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2).

      • ‘This descent was marked by the gift of tongues, and St. Peter is recorded in Acts as seeing in this the new dispensation that had been prophesied by Joel.’
      • ‘If there was no Scripture translated into that language, might God grant the gift of tongues to a missionary so that the people would be able to hear the gospel?’
      • ‘Love mandates that all utterances be interpreted for the community, so that the gift of tongues will no longer divide God's church, but will instead contribute to its unity in Christ.’
      • ‘For many at Corinth and other Pauline cities, being moved by the Spirit meant having the gift of tongues or miracles or healing or prophecy.’
      • ‘Having said this it is important to distinguish between the gift of tongues when revealed in private between only the person and God, or the gift when revealed in the presence of many.’
  • 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’
      • ‘Membership of Parliament was largely in the gift of the rich.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has 12 cabinet positions to give out, and a further 15 junior ministries in his gift, a total of 27 positions.’
      • ‘The spokeswoman said: ‘It is entirely in the gift of the Queen.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's something he has had to deal with but, then, it is in his gift to do so.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Labour delegates have it in their gift today to hold their leaders to account and uphold the cause of peace and self-determination.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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/

Definition of GIFT in English:

GIFT

noun

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

Origin

1980s: acronym.

Pronunciation:

GIFT

/ɡɪft/