- giftW2S2 [gıft] n[Date: 1200-1300; : Old Nors]1.) something that you give someone, for example to thank them or because you like them, especially on a special occasion= ↑present▪ The earrings were a gift from my aunt.gift of▪ a generous gift of £50▪ The clock was given as a retirement gift when he left the police.▪ expensive wedding gifts▪ Enjoy a free gift with any purchase of $20 or more.▪ This excellent cookbook would make an ideal gift for anyone just going away to college.2.)a) a natural ability= ↑talent gift for▪ a gift for languages▪ He was a kind man, with a gift for forming lasting friendships.gift of▪ She has the rare gift of being able to laugh at herself.b) an ability that is given to you by Godgift of▪ He was said to have possessed the gift of prophecy.▪ the use of spiritual gifts→↑gifted3.) a giftBrE informal something that is easier or cheaper than you expected▪ The third goal was an absolute gift.4.) gift (from God)something good you receive or something good that happens to you, even though you might not deserve it▪ This opportunity was a gift from God.5.) the gift of the gabBrE the gift of gab AmE informal an ability to speak confidently and to persuade people to do what you want▪ Jo has always had the gift of the gab .6.) be in sb's giftBrE formal if something is in your gift, you have the power to decide who it should be given to▪ All appointments to military and administrative posts were in the gift of the king.7.) never/don't look a gift horse in the mouthspoken used to tell someone to be grateful for something that has been given to them, instead of asking questions about it or finding something wrong with it→God's gift to sb/sth at ↑god▬▬▬▬▬▬▬COLLOCATES for sense 1give somebody a giftreceive a giftmake somebody a gift of something formal (=give someone something as a gift)birthday/wedding/Christmas etc giftfree gift (=something that a shop or business gives you)make a good/ideal gift (=be a good gift)gift ideas (=ideas of things you could give someone)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.