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So I like to make music, and I like to share music. This is also a gift.
Cecilia Bartoli

Meaning of "gift" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD GIFT

Old English gift payment for a wife, dowry; related to Old Norse gipt, Old High German gift, Gothic fragifts endowment, engagement.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF GIFT

gift  [ɡɪft] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF GIFT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Gift is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb gift in English.

WHAT DOES GIFT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

gift

Gift

A gift or a present is an item given to someone without the expectation of payment. The gifted item should not be owned by the recipient. Although gift-giving might involve an expectation of reciprocity, a gift is meant to be free. In many countries, the act of mutually exchanging money, goods, etc. may sustain social relations and contribute to social cohesion. Economists have elaborated the economics of gift-giving into the notion of a gift economy. By extension the term gift can refer to anything that makes the other happier or less sad, especially as a favour, including forgiveness and kindness. Gifts are also first and foremost presented on occasions - birthdays and Christmas being the main examples.

Definition of gift in the English dictionary

The first definition of gift in the dictionary is something given; a present. Other definition of gift is a special aptitude, ability, or power; talent. Gift is also the power or right to give or bestow (esp in the phrases in the gift of, in (someone's) gift).

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO GIFT

PRESENT

Present
I gift
you gift
he/she/it gifts
we gift
you gift
they gift
Present continuous
I am gifting
you are gifting
he/she/it is gifting
we are gifting
you are gifting
they are gifting
Present perfect
I have gifted
you have gifted
he/she/it has gifted
we have gifted
you have gifted
they have gifted
Present perfect continuous
I have been gifting
you have been gifting
he/she/it has been gifting
we have been gifting
you have been gifting
they have been gifting
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I gifted
you gifted
he/she/it gifted
we gifted
you gifted
they gifted
Past continuous
I was gifting
you were gifting
he/she/it was gifting
we were gifting
you were gifting
they were gifting
Past perfect
I had gifted
you had gifted
he/she/it had gifted
we had gifted
you had gifted
they had gifted
Past perfect continuous
I had been gifting
you had been gifting
he/she/it had been gifting
we had been gifting
you had been gifting
they had been gifting
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will gift
you will gift
he/she/it will gift
we will gift
you will gift
they will gift
Future continuous
I will be gifting
you will be gifting
he/she/it will be gifting
we will be gifting
you will be gifting
they will be gifting
Future perfect
I will have gifted
you will have gifted
he/she/it will have gifted
we will have gifted
you will have gifted
they will have gifted
Future perfect continuous
I will have been gifting
you will have been gifting
he/she/it will have been gifting
we will have been gifting
you will have been gifting
they will have been gifting
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would gift
you would gift
he/she/it would gift
we would gift
you would gift
they would gift
Conditional continuous
I would be gifting
you would be gifting
he/she/it would be gifting
we would be gifting
you would be gifting
they would be gifting
Conditional perfect
I would have gift
you would have gift
he/she/it would have gift
we would have gift
you would have gift
they would have gift
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been gifting
you would have been gifting
he/she/it would have been gifting
we would have been gifting
you would have been gifting
they would have been gifting
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you gift
we let´s gift
you gift
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to gift
Past participle
gifted
Present Participle
gifting
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH GIFT


adrift
əˈdrɪft
airlift
ˈɛəˌlɪft
deadlift
ˈdɛdˌlɪft
drift
drɪft
festschrift
ˈfɛstˌʃrɪft
forklift
ˈfɔːkˌlɪft
gearshift
ˈɡɪəʃɪft
lift
lɪft
makeshift
ˈmeɪkˌʃɪft
miffed
mɪft
redshift
ˈredˌʃɪft
rift
rɪft
shift
ʃɪft
shoplift
ˈʃɒplɪft
sift
sɪft
stairlift
ˈstɛəˌlɪft
swift
swɪft
thrift
θrɪft
uplift
ʌpˈlɪft
ZIFT
zɪft

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE GIFT

gift aid
gift horse
gift of the gab
gift of tongues
gift shop
gift tax
gift token
gift voucher
giftable
gifted
giftedly
giftedness
giftee
giftless
giftware
giftwrap
giftwrapped
giftwrapping

WORDS THAT END LIKE GIFT

blueshift
boatlift
chairlift
continental drift
day shift
Doppler shift
downshift
drag lift
face-lift
free gift
graveyard shift
night shift
paradigm shift
short shrift
ski lift
spindrift
stick shift
swing shift
unshift
Whitgift

Synonyms and antonyms of gift in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «GIFT»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «gift» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of gift

Translation of «gift» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF GIFT

Find out the translation of gift to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of gift from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «gift» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

礼物
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

regalo
570 millions of speakers

English

gift
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

उपहार
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

هَدِيَّة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

подарок
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

presente
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

উপহার
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

présent
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Hadiah
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Geschenk
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

贈り物
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

선물
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Hadiah
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

quà
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பரிசு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

भेट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

hediye
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

regalo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

dar
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

дарунок
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

cadou
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

δώρο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

geskenk
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

gåva
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

gave
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of gift

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «GIFT»

The term «gift» is very widely used and occupies the 1.352 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «GIFT» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about gift

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10 QUOTES WITH «GIFT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word gift.
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Peter Agre
For me, the discovery of aquaporins was like a gift after 25 years in basic science.
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Angela Ahrendts
Intuition is the wisdom formed by feeling and instinct - a gift of knowing without reasoning... Belief is ignited by hope and supported by facts and evidence - it builds alignment and creates confidence. Belief is what sets energy in motion and creates the success that breeds more success.
3
Chris Anderson
Free is really, you know, the gift of Silicon Valley to the world. It's an economic force, it's a technical force. It's a deflationary force, if not handled right. It is abundance, as opposed to scarcity.
4
Barbara de Angelis
Love's greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred.
5
Roy Ayers
Having good health, being able to breathe and be happy, that's one of the most beautiful gifts. On top of that, I have the gift to play music and make people happy through that. I'm just telling you from my heart, I'm so in love with life.
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Cecilia Bartoli
So I like to make music, and I like to share music. This is also a gift.
7
Joe Biden
The greatest gift is the ability to forget - to forget the bad things and focus on the good.
8
Sarah Ban Breathnach
Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart.
9
Sarah Ban Breathnach
Let's choose today to quench our thirst for the 'good life' we thinks others lead by acknowledging the good that already exists in our lives. We can then offer the universe the gift of our grateful hearts.
10
Louise Brooks
I have a gift for enraging people, but if I ever bore you it will be with a knife.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «GIFT»

Discover the use of gift in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to gift and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Essai Sur Le Don:
In this, his most famous work, Marcel Mauss presented to the world a book which revolutionized our understanding of some of the basic structures of society.
Marcel Mauss, 2002
2
Gift from the Sea
Over a quarter of a century after its first publication, the great and simple wisdom in this book continues to influence women's lives. From the Hardcover edition.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 2011
3
Gift
Daisy has an electrifying secret that could save her life—or kill her High school sophomore Daisy Jones is just trying to get by unnoticed.
Andrea J. Buchanan, 2012
4
The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa
This well-timed book, by one of the world's leading experts, provides the first comprehensive account of China's aid and economic cooperation overseas.
Deborah Brautigam, 2009
5
The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal ...
“The Traveler’s Gift effectively combines self-help with fiction . . . sustaining momentum while simultaneously passing on instructions for positive thinking . . . an exemplary job at providing positive suggestions for overcoming ...
Andy Andrews, 2005
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Rethinking Estate and Gift Taxation
This book is designed to inform the current policy debate and build a conceptual basis for future scholarship. The book contains eleven original studies of estate and gift taxes, along with discussants' comments.
William G. Gale, James R. Hines, Joel Slemrod, 2011
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Jazzy Gift Baskets: Making & Decorating Glorious Presents
Offers ideas for assembling gift baskets, and provides instructions for making a variety of baskets based on various themes, such as new baby, graduation, teacher appreciation, holidays, and others.
Marie Browning, 2006
8
Gift Giving: A Research Anthology
In these essays, gift giving occasions are probed for the meanings that can be illuminated with respect to this pervasive, yet not always positive, phenomenon.
Cele Otnes, Richard Francis Beltramini, 1996
9
A Complaint is a Gift: Using Customer Feedback as a ...
Two business experts explain how to use customer complaints as a valuable feedback resource to overcome customer dissatisfaction, increase communication, expand customer loyalty, find solutions to problems, and more.
Janelle Barlow, 1996
10
The Gift Basket Design Book, 2nd: Everything You Need to ...
Shirley George Frazier is also the author of MARKETING STRATEGIES FOR THE HOME-BASED BUSINESS (November “07) and HOW TO START A HOME-BASED GIFT BASKET BUSINESS, 4th edition.
Shirley George Frazier, 2008

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «GIFT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term gift is used in the context of the following news items.
1
UM receives $60M gift from Zell Family Foundation
A $60 million gift is headed to the University of Michigan's business school to extend an entrepreneurial studies programs and create a $10 ... «The Detroit News, Jul 15»
2
Secondary Gift Card Market Heroes And Villains
Gift card buyers, sellers and exchangers should be pretty good at protecting themselves by now; and yet scammers adapt, and consumers ... «The Inquisitr, Jul 15»
3
Huck Finn's Playland awarded $500 gift
The organization says the gift is dedicated toward the ongoing effort to preserve the history and character of the Capital Region amusement ... «NEWS10 ABC, Jul 15»
4
Auburn firefighter offers an astounding gift
That's about it," Bradford said laughingly. The young firefighter gave an unselfish gift and only time will tell if it worked. Copyright 2015 WSFA 12 ... «WSFA, Jul 15»
5
Rebekah's Wish Gift Concert
Saturday, a little girl with a big heart hosts a concert to help other children. Rebekah Spader is a nine-year-old with a rare illness whose goal is ... «KELOLAND TV, Jul 15»
6
I am joining Cathy Caples' Storyland birthday gift
Kudos to Cathy Caples (letter July 6) on her suggestion that those people turning 60 this year make a $60 donation to Storyland, which is also ... «Fresno Bee, Jul 15»
7
Maui interior designer opens gift, home decor shop
A Maui interior designer recognized for his work with luxury homes has opened a new gift and home decor shop in Kihei. Karl D. Gottling's store ... «Maui News, Jul 15»
8
'The Cut' is a real gift to MIFF
In 1915 a man survives the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night he learns that his twin ... «Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel, Jul 15»
9
A nice gift always softens the pain
SILVIS -- Mary Duncan, of Colona, says it did not hurt. Of course, when Jordan Spieth, the second-ranked golfer in the world and eventual John ... «Quad-Cities Online, Jul 15»
10
Gift rules for state employees mostly ignored, observers say
Two years ago, the Legislature reacted to public demands for gift limits on what lawmakers can accept. The law enacted that year capped gifts ... «The Augusta Chronicle, Jul 15»

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