American English

Definition of gift noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a thing that you give to someone, especially on a special occasion or to say thank you synonym present The watch was a gift from my mother. Thank you for your generous gift. a free gift for every reader the gift of life (formal) The family made a gift of his paintings to the museum. gifts of toys for the children
  2. 2a natural ability synonym talent gift (for something) She has a great gift for music. gift (for doing something) He has a gift for making friends easily. She can pick up a tune instantly on the piano. It's a gift.
  3. 3[usually singular] (informal) a thing that is very easy to do or cheap to buy That home run was an absolute gift. At $500, it's a gift.
  4. Idioms
    the gift of gab (also a gift for gab) (informal) (sometimes disapproving)
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    the ability to speak easily and to persuade other people with your words Joe's got the gift of gab—he can sell anything.
    God's gift (to somebody/something) (ironic)
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    a person who thinks that they are particularly good at something or who thinks that someone will find them particularly attractive He seems to think he's God's gift to women.
    look a gift horse in the mouth
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    (usually with negatives) (informal) to refuse or criticize something that is given to you for nothing I'm never one to look a gift horse in the mouth.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: gift