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 Dictionary entry overview: What does gift mean? 

GIFT (noun)
  The noun GIFT has 3 senses:

1. something acquired without compensation
2. natural abilities or qualities
3. the act of giving

  Familiarity information: GIFT used as a noun is uncommon.

GIFT (verb)
  The verb GIFT has 2 senses:

1. give qualities or abilities to
2. give as a present; make a gift of

  Familiarity information: GIFT used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

GIFT (noun)

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Something acquired without compensation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Hypernyms ("gift" is a kind of...):

acquisition (something acquired)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gift"):

gift horse (a gift (usually of inferior quality) that should be accepted uncritically)

giveaway (a gift of public land or resources for the private gain of a limited group)

freebee; freebie (something that is free (usually provided as part of a promotional scheme))

bestowal; bestowment (a gift that is bestowed or conferred)

lagniappe (a small gift (especially one given by a merchant to a customer who makes a purchase))

enrichment (a gift that significantly increases the recipient's wealth)

contribution; donation (a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause)

present (something presented as a gift)

award; prize (something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery)

bequest; legacy ((law) a gift of personal property by will)

devise ((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 (a gift of money to support a worthy person or cause)

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Natural abilities or qualities

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


endowment; natural endowment; talent; gift

Hypernyms ("gift" is a kind of...):

natural ability (ability that is inherited)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gift"):

raw talent (powerfully impressive talent)

flair; genius (a natural talent)

bent; hang; knack (a special way of doing something)

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The act of giving

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


giving; gift

Hypernyms ("gift" is a kind of...):

share-out; sharing (a distribution in shares)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gift"):

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)

endowment (the act of endowing with a permanent source of income)

charity (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)

GIFT (verb)

Sense 1gift [BACK TO TOP]


Give qualities or abilities to

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


endow; endue; gift; indue; empower; invest

Hypernyms (to "gift" is one way to...):

enable (render capable or able for some task)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "gift"):

cover (invest with a large or excessive amount of something)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody with something

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Give as a present; make a gift of

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning


gift; present; give

Context example:

What will you give her for her birthday?

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "gift"):

render; submit (make over as a return)

tender (offer or present for acceptance)

donate (give to a charity or good cause)

treat (provide with a gift or entertainment)

deed over; grant (transfer by deed)

cede; deliver; give up; surrender (relinquish possession or control over)

bequeath; leave; will (leave or give by will after one's death)

bung; fee; tip (give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on)

raffle; raffle off (dispose of in a lottery)

give away (make a gift of)

distribute; give out; hand out; pass out (give out)

dower; endow (furnish with an endowment)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody

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