- 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.]
- The act, right, or power of giving or bestowing; as, the office is in the gift of the President.
- A bribe; anything given to corrupt."Neither take a gift, for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise." [Deut. xvi. 19.]
- Some exceptional inborn quality or characteristic; a striking or special talent or aptitude; power; faculty; as, the gift of wit; a gift for speaking.
- [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.)