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Syllabification: gift


1A thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present: a Christmas gift [as modifier]: a gift shop
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  • The couple decided to forego wedding presents and gifts totalling £900 were handed over to the hospital.
  • The toasts were made, the wedding gifts presented, and finally we dined.
  • I'll get you your final pay together as well as a bonus as a wedding gift, to help things along.
present, handout, donation, offering, bestowal, bonus, award, endowment;
tip, gratuity;
care package;
goody bag
informal freebie, perk
formal benefaction
1.1An act of giving something as a present: his mother’s gift of a pen
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  • The theme behind the design is the gift of perfume for Mother's Day, but the execution is that of stylized glamour.
  • Aside from the gift of time, mothers like to feel pampered.
1.2 informal A very easy task or unmissable opportunity: that touchdown was an absolute gift
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  • To be a Christian is always both a gift and a task.
  • For some, it's a gift - and the opportunity to recover while off from school or work.
  • These were good examples of him being handed the gift of an easy win.
2A natural ability or talent: he has a gift for comedy
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  • Yet the core of Boyd's ability, the essence of his talent, is his gift for finishing.
  • Advertising folks who do this best have a natural gift for empathizing with the customers they hope to seduce.
  • She had a natural gift for it and has kept with it.
talent, flair, aptitude, facility, knack, bent, ability, expertise, capacity, capability, faculty;
endowment, strength, genius, brilliance, skill, artistry


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1Give (something) as a gift, especially formally or as a donation or bequest: the company gifted 2,999 shares to a charity
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  • For those who wish to gift a pen to the loved one, it has introduced a red roller ball-pen in an attractive package, with Valentine hearts printed all over.
  • Couples select a group of charities and each guest chooses to gift a donation to the charity of their choice.
  • Rather, the goods passing hands were priceless jewels and ornaments gifted by foreign rulers, and at stake was the reputation and future of the monarchy.
1.1Present (someone) with a gift or gifts: the director gifted her with a heart-shaped brooch
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  • It was the last bottle of the champagne we were gifted with for our reception.
  • We have no way of providing a new shelter unless someone or some organisation gifts us with a building.
  • You are fêted by kings and presidents when you win an Olympic medal; you are gifted with bungalows and cars.
present, give, bestow, confer, donate, endow, award, accord, grant;
hand over, make over
1.2 (gift someone with) Endow someone with (something): she was gifted with a powerful clairvoyance
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  • You can teach somebody and school them to be an actor but to be a very good actor you must have stage presence and Des has been gifted with that.
  • He kept stoking the fire of his intellect and did a successful job of blending it with the artistic talent he has been gifted with to reach where he is today.
  • Hailing from a musical family has gifted him with an ear for sound.


the gift of tongues
see tongue.
look a gift horse in the mouth
Find fault with something that has been received as a gift or favor.
[Earlier as look a given horse in the mouth]
Example sentences
  • Ah well, don't look a gift horse in the mouth, right?
  • I doubt whether there are any famous people or people of high standing living in the community, so don't look a gift horse in the mouth and grab this golden opportunity while it is still there.


Middle English: from Old Norse gipt; related to give.

  • A word related to give (Old English) and deriving from Old Norse gipt. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth is a proverb that goes back to the 16th century (in the form do not look a given horse in the mouth), but it can be found even earlier in a 5th-century Latin version in the writings of St Jerome. A common way of estimating a horse's age is to look at the state of its teeth, so if you were buying a horse you might want to have a good look into its mouth first. If someone gave you a horse as a present, it might seem ungrateful to start checking how old it was.

Words that rhyme with gift

adrift, drift, grift, lift, rift, shift, shrift, sift, squiffed, swift, thrift, uplift
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GIFT 2 Syllabification: GIFT


Gamete intrafallopian transfer, a technique for assisting conception by introducing mixed ova and sperm into a Fallopian tube.


1980s: acronym.

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