- 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
Synonyms for giftSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for giftinggenerosity, charity, fund, philanthropy, endowment, donation, grant, addition, improvement, increase, input, help, bequest, assistance, handout, subsidy, subscription, appropriation, relief, aid
Examples from the Web for gifting
Contemporary Examples of gifting
In fact, she was struck with an episode during her interview, gifting an unsuspecting audience member with, yep, a free car.Oprah Winfrey’s Fabulous ‘Butler’ Press Tour: The Best Moments (VIDEO)
August 17, 2013
In her article, Medine acknowledges the slippery slope of gifting and expresses remorse.Have Fashion Bloggers Gone Too Far?
February 18, 2013
Four years after gifting his DNA via Craigslist, a Kansas man may be on the hook for $6,000 in child support.The Sperm Donor Trap: Should Your DNA Follow You for Life?
January 10, 2013
Four years ago, it was as if the gods had smiled gently on Barack Obama, gifting the moment and the country with his presidency.Mark McKinnon’s Hopes for Obama’s Second Term
November 7, 2012
The gifting, donations, volunteerism and work hours were all weighed evenly.30 Grinchiest Cities
The Daily Beast
December 20, 2010
Historical Examples of gifting
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
- 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 for 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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with gift
- gift of gab
- look a gift horse in the mouth