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gift

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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to present with as a gift; bestow gifts upon; endow with.
  2. to present (someone) with a gift: just the thing to gift the newlyweds.
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Origin of gift

1125–75; Middle English < Old Norse gift; cognate with Old English gift (Middle English yift) marriage gift; akin to give
Related formsgift·less, adjective

Synonyms

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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.

GIFT

[gift]
noun
  1. gamete intrafallopian transfer: a laparoscopic process in which eggs are retrieved from an ovary by aspiration and inserted, along with sperm, into the fallopian tube of another woman.
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Examples from the Web for gift

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Historical Examples

  • He can't acquire the gift, and no more can a chap acquire this gift.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • If a chap's not born with the gift he's an ass to think he can acquire it.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Thank you, Robert; I will accept your gift with thanks on one condition.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Two puppies were carried in a basket, one of which the Princess accepted as a gift.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Also, as a rule, he was weak enough to accept a gift when the stranger parted.


British Dictionary definitions for gift

gift

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. look a gift-horse in the mouth (usually negative) to find fault with a free gift or chance benefit
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verb (tr)
  1. to present (something) as a gift to (a person)
  2. (often foll by with) to present (someone) with a gift
  3. rare to endow with; bestow
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Derived Formsgiftless, 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

GIFT

n acronym for
  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
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with gift

gift

In addition to the idiom beginning with gift

  • gift of gab

also see:

  • look a gift horse in the mouth
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