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gift

[gift] /gɪft/
noun
1.
something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance; present.
2.
the act of giving.
3.
something bestowed or acquired without any particular effort by the recipient or without its being earned:
Those extra points he got in the game were a total gift.
4.
a special ability or capacity; natural endowment; talent:
the gift of saying the right thing at the right time.
verb (used with object)
5.
to present with as a gift; bestow gifts upon; endow with.
6.
to present (someone) with a gift:
just the thing to gift the newlyweds.
Origin of gift
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English < Old Norse gift; cognate with Old English gift (Middle English yift) marriage gift; akin to give
Related forms
giftless, adjective
Synonyms
1. donation, contribution, offering, benefaction, endowment, bounty, boon, largess, alms, gratuity, tip, premium, allowance, subsidy, bequest, legacy, inheritance, dowry. 4. faculty, aptitude, capability, bent, forte, genius, turn, knack.
Synonym Study
1. See present2.
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  • Ashur-uballit, king of Ashur, once wrote intimating to Akhenaton that he was gifting him horses and chariots and a jewel seal.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria Donald A. Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for gifting

GIFT

/ɡɪft/
noun acronym
1.
gamete intrafallopian transfer: a technique, similar to in vitro fertilization, that enables some women who are unable to conceive to bear children. Egg cells are removed from the woman's ovary, mixed with sperm, and introduced into one of her Fallopian tubes

gift

/ɡɪft/
noun
1.
something given; a present
2.
a special aptitude, ability, or power; talent
3.
the power or right to give or bestow (esp in the phrases in the gift of, in (someone's) gift)
4.
the act or process of giving
5.
(usually negative) look a gift-horse in the mouth, to find fault with a free gift or chance benefit
verb (transitive)
6.
to present (something) as a gift to (a person)
7.
(often foll by with) to present (someone) with a gift
8.
(rare) to endow with; bestow
Derived Forms
giftless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English gift payment for a wife, dowry; related to Old Norse gipt, Old High German gift, Gothic fragifts endowment, engagement; see give
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Word Origin and History for gifting

gift

n.

mid-13c. (c.1100 in surnames), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse gift, gipt "gift, good luck," from Proto-Germanic *giftiz (cf. Old Saxon gift, Old Frisian jefte, Middle Dutch ghifte "gift," German Mitgift "dowry"), from PIE root *ghabh- "to give or receive" (see habit).

For German Gift "poison," see poison (n.). Old English cognate gift meant "bride-price, marriage gift (by the groom), dowry" (Old English noun for "giving, gift" was related giefu). Sense of "natural talent" is c.1300, perhaps from earlier sense of "inspiration" (late 12c.). As a verb from 16c., especially in gifted. As a verb, giftwrap (also gift-wrap) attested by 1936.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gifting

gift

Related Terms

god's gift

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with gifting

gift

In addition to the idiom beginning with gift also see: look a gift horse in the mouth
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