gift

[ gift ]
/ gɪft /

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

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

1125–75; Middle English < Old Norse gift; cognate with Old English gift (Middle English yift) marriage gift; akin to give

Related forms

gift·less, adjective

Synonym study

1. See present2.
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British Dictionary definitions for gifting (1 of 2)

GIFT

/ (ɡɪft) /

n acronym for

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

British Dictionary definitions for gifting (2 of 2)

gift

/ (ɡɪft) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Forms

giftless, adjective

Word Origin for gift

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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Idioms and Phrases with gifting

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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