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GIFT, n. [from give.] A present; any thing given or bestowed; any thing, the property of which is voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation; a donation. It is applicable to any thing movable or immovable.

1. The act of giving or conferring.

2. The right or power of giving or bestowing. The prince has the gift of many lucrative offices.

3. An offering or oblation.

If thou bring thy gift to the altar. Matt.5.

4. A reward.

Let thy gifts be to thyself. Dan.5.

5. A bribe; any thing given to corrupt the judgment.

Neither take a gift; for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise. Deut.16.

6. Power; faculty; some quality or endowment conferred by the author of our nature; as the gift of wit; the gift of ridicule.

GIFT, v.t. To endow with any power or faculty.




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GIFT, n. [from give.] A present; any thing given or bestowed; any thing, the property of which is voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation; a donation. It is applicable to any thing movable or immovable.

1. The act of giving or conferring.

2. The right or power of giving or bestowing. The prince has the gift of many lucrative offices.

3. An offering or oblation.

If thou bring thy gift to the altar. Matt.5.

4. A reward.

Let thy gifts be to thyself. Dan.5.

5. A bribe; any thing given to corrupt the judgment.

Neither take a gift; for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise. Deut.16.

6. Power; faculty; some quality or endowment conferred by the author of our nature; as the gift of wit; the gift of ridicule.

GIFT, v.t. To endow with any power or faculty.


GIFT, n. [from give.]

  1. A present; any thing given or bestowed; any thing, the property of which is voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation; a donation. It is applicable to any thing movable or immovable.
  2. The act of giving or conferring. Milton.
  3. The right or power of giving or bestowing. The prince has the gift of many lucrative offices.
  4. An offering or oblation. If thou bring thy gift to the altar. Matth. v.
  5. A reward. Let thy gifts be to thyself. Dan. v.
  6. A bribe; any thing given to corrupt the judgment. Neither take a gift, for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise. Deut. xvi.
  7. Power; faculty; some quality or endowment conferred by the author of our nature; as, the gift of wit; the gift of ridicule. Addison.

GIFT, v.t.

To endow with any power or faculty.


Gift
  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. To endow with some power or faculty.

    He was gifted . . . with philosophical sagacity. I. Taylor.

  3. The act, right, or power of giving or bestowing; as, the office is in the gift of the President.
  4. A bribe; anything given to corrupt.

    Neither take a gift, for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise. Deut. xvi. 19.

  5. Some quality or endowment given to man by God; a preëminent and special talent or aptitude; power; faculty; as, the gift of wit; a gift for speaking.
  6. 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.

    Bouvier. Burrill.

    Gift rope (Naut), a rope extended to a boat for towing it; a guest rope.

    Syn. -- Present; donation; grant; largess; benefaction; boon; bounty; gratuity; endowment; talent; faculty. -- 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.

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Gift

GIFT, noun [from give.] A present; any thing given or bestowed; any thing, the property of which is voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation; a donation. It is applicable to any thing movable or immovable.

1. The act of giving or conferring.

2. The right or power of giving or bestowing. The prince has the gift of many lucrative offices.

3. An offering or oblation.

If thou bring thy gift to the altar. Matthew 5:23.

4. A reward.

Let thy gifts be to thyself. Daniel 5:17.

5. A bribe; any thing given to corrupt the judgment.

Neither take a gift; for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise. Deuteronomy 16:19.

6. Power; faculty; some quality or endowment conferred by the author of our nature; as the gift of wit; the gift of ridicule.

GIFT, verb transitive To endow with any power or faculty.

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