Main definitions of gift in US English:

: gift1GIFT2

gift1

noun

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

    ‘a Christmas gift’
    as modifier ‘a gift shop’
    • ‘Any gifts or payments to purchasing agents, suppliers and the like should be made honestly and openly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Her wedding gifts to her husband were spectacular.’
    • ‘It is basically for this reason that the appellant claims that the payments to him were gifts and did not attract tax.’
    • ‘The toasts were made, the wedding gifts presented, and finally we dined.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Usually, if a woman wants to end the relationship, she returns the gift willingly.’
    • ‘An example was the wedding gift to one of his advisers' sons who was presented with a cheque for $50,000.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Internet shopping for gifts is predicted to set new records this season, while traditional retailers have been bracing themselves for empty aisles.’
    • ‘For something a little less bodacious, here's a neat online shop for fun gifts; I would recommend a new shower curtain.’
    • ‘I'll get you your final pay together as well as a bonus as a wedding gift, to help things along.’
    • ‘Why not visit the website and think about trouble-free shopping for your special 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.’
    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 touchdown was an absolute gift’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To be a Christian is always both a gift and a task.’
      • ‘To me, IVF is a real honour, it's an absolute gift to families, it really is.’
      • ‘Rivett threw a wild, high pass over Munro's head to present Stuart Litter with an absolute gift.’
      • ‘For some, it's a gift - and the opportunity to recover while off from school or work.’
      • ‘A run out means an absolute gift to the opposition.’
      • ‘And that sense of boundless opportunity is a gift that we must pass on to all who come after us.’
      • ‘These were good examples of him being handed the gift of an easy win.’
      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’
    • ‘It's either a talent or a special gift, this ability to see things in that particular context.’
    • ‘Other people might have a gift for the graphic arts.’
    • ‘Most importantly, she was completely focussed on the concert and didn't seem to take her natural gift for granted.’
    • ‘Yet the core of Boyd's ability, the essence of his talent, is his gift for finishing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But he has developed a rare gift for drawing, and his talent is now being recognised nationally.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Larson is a talented writer with a gift for surprising language, and an admirable impulse to show and not tell.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a young boy he showed a remarkable gift for music and his family encouraged this talent.’
    • ‘She had a natural instinct and gift for moving in a sexy way when she was nude.’
    • ‘It's rare to find a stand-up with such a gift for characterisation or such original and well-researched material.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She had a natural gift for it and has kept with it.’
    • ‘In fact, no one could take his greatest assets from him - his self-confidence and his gift for self-promotion.’
    • ‘It's just raw experience told by someone who has a gift for vivid detail, and occasional insight.’
    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’
    • ‘Workers in Yorkshire are gifting their employers more than £1.89 billion worth of unpaid overtime every year.’
    • ‘At the age of 14 his parents gifted him a computer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A green man, as he likes to call himself, Robin David says that he always gifts a tree on birthdays and other occasions.’
    • ‘Instead of lending or gifting the money for a deposit, a parent buys a proportion of the property alongside their child.’
    • ‘She is prevented from selling or gifting this property to a non-resident even if it is her husband.’
    • ‘Some residents remembered Barnett gifting the piano in 1992.’
    • ‘But if a parent gifts an asset which produces capital growth, any capital gain is taxed as the child's.’
    • ‘Over 24 years ago, a friend gifted me a beautiful antique fan.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In that sense, they are incapable of gifting the money they have.’
    • ‘He was Labour's most generous donor in Scotland in 1999 and 2000, gifting it more than £20,000.’
    • ‘The actor had requested his fans to show their appreciation by gifting articles like notebooks and geometry boxes to the needy.’
    • ‘However, the money is held within the foundation and it gifts the money annually.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Couples select a group of charities and each guest chooses to gift a donation to the charity of their choice.’
    • ‘He surprised children at the venue by gifting them some toys that he purchased.’
    1. 1.1 Present (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.’
      • ‘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
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    2. 1.2gift someone with Endow with (something)
      ‘she was gifted with a powerful clairvoyance’
      • ‘Hailing from a musical family has gifted him with an ear for sound.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘He was gifted with a great eye and a quick pair of feet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The corpse of a sunflower dangled out of a clay pot on the railing - Paula was not gifted with an especially green thumb.’
      • ‘He was gifted with a mouth that works at 3,000 words per second when he needs it.’

Phrases

  • 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//ɡɪft/

Main definitions of gift in US English:

: gift1GIFT2

GIFT2

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

/ɡɪft//ɡift/