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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gift
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  1. Anything given; anything voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation; a present; an offering."Shall I receive by gift, what of my own, . . . I can command ?" [Milton.]
  2. The act, right, or power of giving or bestowing; as, the office is in the gift of the President.
  3. A bribe; anything given to corrupt."Neither take a gift, for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise." [Deut. xvi. 19.]
  4. Some exceptional inborn quality or characteristic; a striking or special talent or aptitude; power; faculty; as, the gift of wit; a gift for speaking.
  5. [Law] A voluntary transfer of real or personal property, without any consideration. It can be perfected only by deed, or in case of personal property, by an actual delivery of possession.
    synonyms: Present; donation; grant; largess; benefaction; boon; bounty; gratuity; endowment; talent; faculty.

Usage: Gift Present Donation. These words, as here compared, denote something gratuitously imparted to another out of one's property. A gift is something given whether by a superior or an inferior, and is usually designed for the relief or benefit of him who receives it. A present is ordinarly from an equal or inferior, and is always intended as a compliment or expression of kindness. Donation is a word of more dignity, denoting, properly, a gift of considerable value, and ordinarly a gift made either to some public institution, or to an individual on account of his services to the public; as, a donation to a hospital, a charitable society, or a minister.

Etymology: OE. gift yift yeft, AS. gift, fr. gifan to give; akin to D. & G. gift, Icel. gift gipt, Goth. giftsin comp.). See Give (v. t.)

verb Gift
To endow with some power or faculty. See gift4}.
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  1. The act of giving
  2. Natural abilities or qualities
  3. Something acquired without compensation
  4. Give as a present; make a gift of
  5. Give qualities or abilities to
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From Old High German gift (“gift, something given”), from Proto-Germanic *giftiz, which is a derivation of Proto-Germanic *gebaną (“to give”). Related to English gift.

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Notable Persons Named Gift

Gift Ngoepe is a baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Gift was born on January 18th, 1990 in Randburg.

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Gift of Gab is an alternative hip hop rapping. His most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to present. Gift was given the name Timothy Parker in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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She has had major accomplishments since 2004. Muma was given the name Gift Iyumame Uwame on November 18th, 1978 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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Gift Motupa is a soccer player for the Orlando Pirates, Baroka F.C., South Africa national under-23 football team, and South Africa national football team. Gift was born on September 23rd, 1994 in South Africa.

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Gift Leremi was a soccer player for the Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns F.C., and South Africa national football team. Gift was born on October 13th, 1984 in Soweto. He died on September 3rd, 2007.

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Gift Atulewa is a soccer player for the Warri Wolves F.C., Bayelsa United F.C., Ocean Boys F.C., and Nigeria national under-20 football team. Gift was born on July 1st, 1986 in Nigeria.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gift

Roland Gift is a musician and actor. Roland was given the name Roland Lee Gift on May 28th, 1961 in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom.

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Jassie Gift is a composer and playback singer.

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Therese Giehse was an actress. She was most prominent from 1920 to 1975. Therese was given the name Therese Gift on March 6th, 1898 in Munich, Germany. Therese is also known as Gift and Therese. She passed away on March 3rd, 1975.

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Wayne Gift was a football player. Wayne was born on October 21st, 1915 in Medina, Ohio. He left this life on February 13th, 1998.

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George was born in 1833. He left this life in 1879.

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Popularity of Gift as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gift U.S.
  White 88.32% 64.26%
  African American 7.79% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.34% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.01% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gift

People with the last name Gift are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Gift

  • How Popular is the name Gift? Gift is the 36,576th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gift was the 18,523rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gift have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 100 babies born with the first name Gift in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gift to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gift? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1999 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Gift first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gift is Wednesday, December 25th, 1889.
  • What year had the most people named Gift born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gift was in 2017 with a total of 13 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Gift: Your name in reverse order is Tfig. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fgti. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gift? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,490 people with the last name Gift.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gift? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Gift as their last name since less than 1 person in 196k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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