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
  1. noun
    something acquired without compensation
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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, swag
    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
    something presented to a deity as a sacrifice or symbol of devotion
    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.
    a grant of money to rescue a person, company, or institution from financial distress
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    something acquired
  2. noun
    the act of giving
    synonyms: 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
  3. noun
    natural abilities or qualities
    synonyms: endowment, natural endowment, talent
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    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
  4. verb
    give as a present; make a gift of
    synonyms: 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
  5. verb
    give qualities or abilities to
    synonyms: empower, endow, endue, imbue, indue, invest
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    invest with a large or excessive amount of something
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    render capable or able for some task
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