Gift
Gift Gift, n. [OE. gift, yift, yeft, AS. gift, fr. gifan to give; akin to D. & G. gift, Icel. gift, gipt, Goth. gifts (in comp.). See {Give}, v. t.] 1. Anything given; anything voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation; a present; an offering. [1913 Webster]

Shall I receive by gift, what of my own, . . . I can command ? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. The act, right, or power of giving or bestowing; as, the office is in the gift of the President. [1913 Webster]

3. A bribe; anything given to corrupt. [1913 Webster]

Neither take a gift, for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise. --Deut. xvi. 19. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. --Bouvier. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

{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.

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. [1913 Webster]


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