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gift


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Shall  I  receive  by  gift,  what  of  my  own  .  .  .  I  can 
  command  ?  --Milton. 
 
  2.  The  act  right  or  power  of  giving  or  bestowing;  as  the 
  office  is  in  the  gift  of  the  President. 
 
  3.  A  bribe;  anything  given  to  corrupt. 
 
  Neither  take  a  gift,  for  a  gift  doth  blind  the  eyes 
  of  the  wise.  --Deut.  xvi. 
  19. 
 
  4.  Some  quality  or  endowment  given  to  man  by  God;  a 
  pre["e]minent  and  special  talent  or  aptitude;  power; 
  faculty;  as  the  gift  of  wit;  a  gift  for  speaking. 
 
  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 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gift  \Gift\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Gifted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Gifting}.] 
  To  endow  with  some  power  or  faculty. 
 
  He  was  gifted  .  .  .  with  philosophical  sagacity.  --I. 
  Taylor. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gift 
  n  1:  something  acquired  without  compensation 
  2:  natural  qualities  or  talents  [syn:  {endowment},  {talent},  {natural 
  endowment}] 
  3:  the  act  of  giving  [syn:  {giving}] 
  v  1:  give  qualities  or  abilities  to  [syn:  {endow},  {indue},  {empower}, 
  {invest},  {endue}] 
  2:  give  as  a  present;  make  a  gift  of  "What  will  you  give  her 
  for  her  birthday?"  [syn:  {give},  {present}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Gift 
  (1.)  An  gratuity  (Prov.  19:6)  to  secure  favour  (18:16;  21:14),  a 
  thank-offering  (Num.  18:11),  or  a  dowry  (Gen.  34:12). 
 
  (2.)  An  oblation  or  proppitatory  gift  (2Sa  8:2,6;  1Ch  18:2,6; 
  2Ch  26:8;  Ps  45:12;  72:10). 
 
  (3.)  A  bribe  to  a  judge  to  obtain  a  favourable  verdict  (Ex. 
  23:8;  Deut.  16:19). 
 
  (4.)  Simply  a  thing  given  (Matt.  7:11;  Luke  11:13;  Eph.  4:8); 
  sacrifical  (Matt.  5:23,  24;  8:4);  eleemosynary  (Luke  21:1);  a 
  gratuity  (John  4:10;  Acts  8:20).  In  Acts  2:38  the  generic  word 
  dorea  is  rendered  "gift."  It  differs  from  the  charisma  (1  Cor. 
  12:4)  as  denoting  not  miraculous  powers  but  the  working  of  a  new 
  spirit  in  men,  and  that  spirit  from  God. 
 
  The  giving  of  presents  entered  largely  into  the  affairs  of 
  common  life  in  the  East.  The  nature  of  the  presents  was  as 
  various  as  were  the  occasions:  food  (1  Sam.  9:7;  16:20),  sheep 
  and  cattle  (Gen.  32:13-15),  gold  (2  Sam.  18:11),  jewels  (Gen. 
  24:53),  furniture,  and  vessels  for  eating  and  drinking  (2  Sam. 
  17:28);  delicacies,  as  spices,  honey,  etc  (1  Kings  10:25;  2 
  Kings  5:  22).  The  mode  of  presentation  was  with  as  much  parade 
  as  possible:  the  presents  were  conveyed  by  the  hands  of  servants 
  (Judg.  3:18),  or  still  better,  on  the  backs  of  beasts  of  burden 
  (2  Kings  8:9).  The  refusal  of  a  present  was  regarded  as  a  high 
  indignity;  and  this  constituted  the  aggravated  insult  noticed  in 
  Matt.  22:11,  the  marriage  robe  having  been  offered  and  refused. 
 




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