Definition of gift in English:

gift

noun

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

    ‘a Christmas gift’
    [as modifier] ‘a gift shop’
    • ‘An example was the wedding gift to one of his advisers' sons who was presented with a cheque for $50,000.’
    • ‘For something a little less bodacious, here's a neat online shop for fun gifts; I would recommend a new shower curtain.’
    • ‘The king meant to present the elephant as a wedding gift to his nephew and future emperor of Europe, Maximilian II.’
    • ‘I'll get you your final pay together as well as a bonus as a wedding gift, to help things along.’
    • ‘It is basically for this reason that the appellant claims that the payments to him were gifts and did not attract tax.’
    • ‘Why not visit the website and think about trouble-free shopping for your special gifts?’
    • ‘Internet shopping for gifts is predicted to set new records this season, while traditional retailers have been bracing themselves for empty aisles.’
    • ‘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 following morning, mercifully sunny, I shopped for gifts in the back streets and then headed for the airport.’
    • ‘The couple decided to forego wedding presents and gifts totalling £900 were handed over to the hospital.’
    • ‘The toasts were made, the wedding gifts presented, and finally we dined.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her wedding gifts to her husband were spectacular.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Certainly one can't have the receiver present while shopping for the gift!’
    • ‘Any gifts or payments to purchasing agents, suppliers and the like should be made honestly and openly.’
    • ‘The plaques make ideal gifts for weddings and special occasions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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. 1.1An 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 touchdown was an absolute gift’
      • ‘These were good examples of him being handed the gift of an easy win.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To be a Christian is always both a gift and a task.’
      • ‘For some, it's a gift - and the opportunity to recover while off from school or work.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The current climate - fear of terrorism - is an absolute gift to anyone trying to introduce a cull of civil rights.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2A natural ability or talent.

    ‘he has a gift for comedy’
    • ‘Larson is a talented writer with a gift for surprising language, and an admirable impulse to show and not tell.’
    • ‘She had a natural gift for it and has kept with it.’
    • ‘Sasha had a natural gift for anything mechanical.’
    • ‘As a young boy he showed a remarkable gift for music and his family encouraged this talent.’
    • ‘It's rare to find a stand-up with such a gift for characterisation or such original and well-researched material.’
    • ‘But he has developed a rare gift for drawing, and his talent is now being recognised nationally.’
    • ‘Advertising folks who do this best have a natural gift for empathizing with the customers they hope to seduce.’
    • ‘In terms of the whole range of human abilities, talents and gifts, no two of us are alike.’
    • ‘In fact, no one could take his greatest assets from him - his self-confidence and his gift for self-promotion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet the core of Boyd's ability, the essence of his talent, is his gift for finishing.’
    • ‘She had a gift for insight, and she got to know me perhaps better than I got to know her.’
    • ‘Most importantly, she was completely focussed on the concert and didn't seem to take her natural gift for granted.’
    • ‘It's just raw experience told by someone who has a gift for vivid detail, and occasional insight.’
    • ‘He had a natural gift for the game, and did little else with his time.’
    • ‘She had a natural instinct and gift for moving in a sexy way when she was nude.’
    • ‘Other people might have a gift for the graphic arts.’
    • ‘It's either a talent or a special gift, this ability to see things in that particular context.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a comedy writer, she has a gift for acerbic insight - the kind of funny that hurts.’
    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’
    • ‘He surprised children at the venue by gifting them some toys that he purchased.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Workers in Yorkshire are gifting their employers more than £1.89 billion worth of unpaid overtime every year.’
    • ‘However, the money is held within the foundation and it gifts the money annually.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A green man, as he likes to call himself, Robin David says that he always gifts a tree on birthdays and other occasions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The actor had requested his fans to show their appreciation by gifting articles like notebooks and geometry boxes to the needy.’
    • ‘Over 24 years ago, a friend gifted me a beautiful antique fan.’
    • ‘She is prevented from selling or gifting this property to a non-resident even if it is her husband.’
    • ‘At the age of 14 his parents gifted him a computer.’
    • ‘Instead of lending or gifting the money for a deposit, a parent buys a proportion of the property alongside their child.’
    • ‘Some residents remembered Barnett gifting the piano in 1992.’
    • ‘Couples select a group of charities and each guest chooses to gift a donation to the charity of their choice.’
    1. 1.1Present (someone) with a gift or gifts.
      ‘the director gifted her 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.’
      • ‘It was the last bottle of the champagne we were gifted with for our reception.’
      • ‘We have no way of providing a new shelter unless someone or some organisation gifts us with a building.’
    2. 1.2Endow someone with (something)
      ‘she was gifted with a powerful clairvoyance’
      • ‘The corpse of a sunflower dangled out of a clay pot on the railing - Paula was not gifted with an especially green thumb.’
      • ‘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 wasn't a virtue you were gifted with, was it?’
      • ‘He was gifted with a mouth that works at 3,000 words per second when he needs it.’
      • ‘He was gifted with a great eye and a quick pair of feet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hailing from a musical family has gifted him with an ear for sound.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • 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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • look a gift horse in the mouth

    • Find fault with something that has been received as a gift or favor.

      • ‘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

/ɡift/

Definition of GIFT in English:

GIFT

noun

Medicine
  • Gamete intrafallopian transfer, a technique for assisting conception by introducing mixed ova and sperm into a Fallopian tube.

Origin

1980s: acronym.

Pronunciation:

GIFT

/ɡift/