- The definition of a gift is a present or something given freely.
An example of a gift is a toy car given to a child for Christmas.
- To gift is defined as to give something without the hopes of getting anything in returning.
An example of to gift is to provide a friend with a present on Christmas.
A little girl has received a gift.
- something given to show friendship, affection, support, etc.; present
- the act, power, or right of giving
- a natural ability; talent: a gift for languages
Origin of giftMiddle English ; from Old English portion, wedding gift (; from giefan: see give) and amp; Old Norse gift, gift (; from gefa, akin to give), akin to German gift, poison
- to present a gift to
- to present as a gift
look a gift horse in the mouth
- Something that is bestowed voluntarily and without compensation: I received several gifts for my birthday. Your gift of $100 is greatly appreciated.
- The act of giving: The painting came into their possession by gift.
- A talent, endowment, aptitude, or inclination: She has a gift for playing the piano.
transitive verbgift·ed, gift·ing, gifts
- To present something as a gift to: gifted his niece with a watch.
- To give as a gift: “King Charles II &ellipsis; had gifted the land of Carolina to certain members of his court” (Marilyn Yalom).
- To endow with: Nature has gifted her with a fine voice.
Origin of giftMiddle English, from Old Norse; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present gifts, present participle gifting, simple past and past participle gifted)
From Old Norse gipt, cognate with Old English ġift.
gift - Legal Definition
- Property given as a present.
- The action of making a present of property.