Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of giving
  2. (noun, cognition) natural abilities or qualities
  3. (noun, possession) something acquired without compensation
  4. (verb, possession) give as a present; make a gift of
  5. (verb, social) give qualities or abilities to

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Origin of the word Gift

  1. 1104, from O.N. gift, from P.Gmc. *giftiz (cf. O.Fris. jefte, M.Du. ghifte "gift," Ger. Mitgift "dowry"), from PIE base *ghabh- "to give or receive" (see habit). O.E. cognate gift meant "bride-price, marriage gift (by the groom), dowry" (O.E. for "giving, gift" was related giefu). Sense of "natural talent" is c.1300. more

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