I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse, something given, talent; akin to Old English giefan to give Date: 12th century 1. a notable capacity, talent, or endowment 2. something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation 3. the act, right, or power of giving Synonyms: gift, faculty, aptitude, bent, talent, genius, knack mean a special ability for doing something. gift often implies special favor by God or nature <
the gift of singing beautifully
. faculty applies to an innate or less often acquired ability for a particular accomplishment or function <
a faculty for remembering names
. aptitude implies a natural liking for some activity and the likelihood of success in it <
a mechanical aptitude
. bent is nearly equal to aptitude but it stresses inclination perhaps more than specific ability <
a family with an artistic bent
. talent suggests a marked natural ability that needs to be developed <
has enough talent to succeed
. genius suggests impressive inborn creative ability <
has no great genius for poetry
. knack implies a comparatively minor but special ability making for ease and dexterity in performance <
the knack of getting along
. II. transitive verb Date: circa 1550 1. to endow with some power, quality, or attribute 2. present <
generously gifted us with a copy — Saturday Review
giftee noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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