gift Definition

  • 1a thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present
  • 2a natural ability or talent

Using gift: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "gift" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She gave me a gift for my birthday.

  • Example

    The painting was a gift from the artist.

  • Example

    His gift for music was evident from an early age.

  • Example

    Her gift for languages allowed her to easily learn new ones.

gift Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using gift

  • something that is considered to be a great benefit or advantage


    The discovery of the new oil field was a gift from the gods for the struggling economy.

  • something that appears to be a gift but is actually harmful or damaging


    The job offer turned out to be a poisoned gift, as it required long hours and low pay.

  • to have a natural ability or talent for something


    She has a gift for writing and has published several successful novels.

Phrases with gift

  • the ability to speak easily and confidently in a way that makes people want to listen to you and believe you


    He has the gift of the gab and can talk his way out of any situation.

  • an item given away at no cost, often as part of a promotion or marketing campaign


    The store is offering a free gift with every purchase over $50.

  • a prepaid card that can be used to make purchases at a particular store or group of stores


    I got a gift card for my favorite restaurant for my birthday.

Origins of gift

from Old Norse 'gipt', meaning 'gift, good luck'


Summary: gift in Brief

The term 'gift' [ɡɪft] refers to a thing given willingly without payment, or a natural ability or talent. It can range from tangible items like 'She gave me a gift for my birthday,' to intangible abilities like 'His gift for music was evident from an early age.' Phrases like 'gift of the gab' denote the ability to speak well, while idioms like 'a poisoned gift' warn of hidden harm. 'Gift' also extends to gift cards and free gifts.

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