- having great special talent or ability: the debut of a gifted artist.
- having exceptionally high intelligence: gifted children.
Origin of gifted
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- something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance; present.
- the act of giving.
- 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.
- a special ability or capacity; natural endowment; talent: the gift of saying the right thing at the right time.
- to present with as a gift; bestow gifts upon; endow with.
- to present (someone) with a gift: just the thing to gift the newlyweds.
Origin of gift
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Examples from the Web for gifted
A gifted marketer, he sent samples of the hat to merchandisers all over the West, asking for a minimum order of a dozen.My Love Letter to the Stetson
December 24, 2014
Lansky saw the change coming and, like all gifted racketeers, tried to cut a deal with the new sheriff.Will Hyman Roth Return to Havana With Normalized Relations?
John L. Smith
December 18, 2014
But when their first book, SuicideGirls, came out in 2004, she gifted her a copy.Masters of Alt Sex: SuicideGirls Hits Puberty and Wants to Invade Your TV Set
December 9, 2014
The novel is a gifted escape artist, skilled at shrugging off the chains of any definition.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
They are striking, incredibly elaborate, and they showcase the work of some of the most gifted artists in the world.The Incredible Art of Christmas Windows
November 24, 2014
It is not for Aspasia, the gifted daughter of Axiochus, that I plead.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
On the other hand, youth is often gifted with a credulity divine and unerring.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
As to the Gifted, I have heard Tom say often, that he was certain he was in a fit, and had it inwardly.
Thou,” she says to the Gifted, “art the object of my first and all-engrossing passion.
He was so handsome and so gifted, and there were women who were mad about him.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- having or showing natural talent or aptitudea gifted musician; a gifted performance
- 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
- something given; a present
- a special aptitude, ability, or power; talent
- the power or right to give or bestow (esp in the phrases in the gift of, in (someone's) gift)
- the act or process of giving
- look a gift-horse in the mouth (usually negative) to find fault with a free gift or chance benefit
- to present (something) as a gift to (a person)
- (often foll by with) to present (someone) with a gift
- rare to endow with; bestow
Word Origin and History for gifted
"talented," 1640s, past participle adjective from gift.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with gifted
In addition to the idiom beginning with gift
- gift of gab
- look a gift horse in the mouth