A gift is an item that's given without any expectation of payment — it's a present. A gift may be the present you receive on your birthday or it may be a natural gift or talent you possess — like your gift for reading lips.

People give gifts to mark special occasions, like birthdays, weddings, anniversaries. and some holidays. Sometimes tourists buy gifts while on vacation and bring them home to their friends and family. Another kind of gift is a special ability: "She has such a gift for learning languages." The root of gift is probably the Old Norse gipt or gift, which means both "gift" and "good luck."

Definitions of gift

n something acquired without compensation

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a United States program of economic aid for the reconstruction of Europe (1948-1952); named after George Marshall
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bequest, legacy
(law) a gift of personal property by will
(law) a gift of real property by will
free lunch
something acquired without effort or payment or obligation
dower, dowery, dowry, portion
money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
bride price
money or property given (in some societies) by the bridegroom to the family of his bride
largess, largesse
a gift or money given (as for service or out of benevolence); usually given ostentatiously
aid, economic aid, financial aid
money to support a worthy person or cause
award, prize
something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery
something presented as a gift
contribution, donation
a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause
a gift that significantly increases the recipient's wealth
a small gift (especially one given by a merchant to a customer who makes a purchase)
bestowal, bestowment
a gift that is bestowed or conferred
freebee, freebie
something that is free (usually provided as part of a promotional scheme)
a gift of public land or resources for the private gain of a limited group
gift horse
a gift (usually of inferior quality) that should be accepted uncritically
public assistance, social welfare, welfare
governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need
philanthropic gift, philanthropy
voluntary promotion of human welfare
financial aid provided to a student on the basis of academic merit
money granted (by a university or foundation or other agency) for advanced study or research
foreign aid
aid (such as economic or military assistance) provided to one nation by another
any monetary aid
a grant to a person or school for some educational project
financial aid that enables you to get trained for a specified job
an award (as for meritorious service) given without claim or obligation
door prize
tickets are passed out at the entrance to a dance or party or other social function and a prize is awarded to the holder of the winning ticket
any outstanding award
prize money
any money given as a prize
birthday gift, birthday present
a present given in celebration of a person's birthday
Christmas gift, Christmas present
a present given at Christmas time
wedding gift, wedding present
a present given to someone getting married
a contribution of money or assistance
money contributed to a religious organization
political contribution, political donation
a contribution made to a politician or a political campaign or a political party
a prize, bonus, or award given as an inducement to purchase products, enter competitions initiated by business interests, etc.
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something acquired

n the act of giving

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oblation, offering
the act of contributing to the funds of a church or charity
bestowal, bestowment, conferment, conferral
the act of conferring an honor or presenting a gift
accordance, accordance of rights
the act of granting rights
the act of endowing with a permanent source of income
an activity or gift that benefits the public at large
contribution, donation
act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity
alms-giving, almsgiving
making voluntary contributions to aid the poor
a pledged contribution
money or goods contributed to the poor
giving money or food or clothing to a needy person
the fourth pillar of Islam is almsgiving as an act of worship
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share-out, sharing
a distribution in shares

n natural abilities or qualities

endowment, natural endowment, talent
bent, hang, knack
a special way of doing something
flair, genius
a natural talent
raw talent
powerfully impressive talent
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natural ability
ability that is inherited

v give as a present; make a gift of

give, present
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dower, endow
furnish with an endowment
distribute, give out, hand out, pass out
give to several people
give away
make a gift of
raffle, raffle off
dispose of in a lottery
bung, fee, tip
give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on
bequeath, leave, will
leave or give by will after one's death
cede, deliver, give up, surrender
relinquish possession or control over
deed over, grant
transfer by deed
provide with a gift or entertainment
give to a charity or good cause
offer or present for acceptance
render, submit
make over as a return
endow with a benefice
give by will, especially real property
pass on
give to or transfer possession of
yield up
surrender, as a result of pressure or force
give up for a price or reward
apportion, deal, divvy up, portion out, share
give out as one's portion or share
pledge, subscribe
pay (an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, especially at regular intervals
sign away, sign over
formally assign ownership of
show appreciation to
entail, fee-tail
limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs

v give qualities or abilities to

empower, endow, endue, indue, invest
invest with a large or excessive amount of something
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render capable or able for some task

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