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  1. having great special talent or ability: the debut of a gifted artist.
  2. having exceptionally high intelligence: gifted children.
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Origin of gifted

First recorded in 1635–45; gift + -ed3
Related formsgift·ed·ly, adverbgift·ed·ness, nouno·ver·gift·ed, adjectiveun·gift·ed, adjectivewell-gift·ed, adjective


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  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


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1. See present2.
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  • It is not for Aspasia, the gifted daughter of Axiochus, that I plead.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • On the other hand, youth is often gifted with a credulity divine and unerring.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Thou,” she says to the Gifted, “art the object of my first and all-engrossing passion.

    The Lamplighter

    Charles Dickens

  • As to the Gifted, I have heard Tom say often, that he was certain he was in a fit, and had it inwardly.

    The Lamplighter

    Charles Dickens

  • He was so handsome and so gifted, and there were women who were mad about him.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for gifted


  1. having or showing natural talent or aptitudea gifted musician; a gifted performance
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Derived Formsgiftedly, adverbgiftedness, noun


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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  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
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Word Origin and History for gifted


"talented," 1640s, past participle adjective from gift.

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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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Idioms and Phrases with gifted


In addition to the idiom beginning with gift

  • gift of gab

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  • look a gift horse in the mouth
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