There are 2 definitions of GIFT in English:


Syllabification: GIFT
Pronunciation: /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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There are 2 definitions of GIFT in English:


Syllabification: gift
Pronunciation: /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; largesse; 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.


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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]
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  • 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.

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