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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GIFT

He can't acquire the gift, and no more can a chap acquire this gift.

If a chap's not born with the gift he's an ass to think he can acquire it.

Thank you, Robert; I will accept your gift with thanks on one condition.

Two puppies were carried in a basket, one of which the Princess accepted as a gift.

Also, as a rule, he was weak enough to accept a gift when the stranger parted.

Grace's face was alight with appreciation of Mrs. Gray's gift.

In the twenty-three years of his life, every gift that money could lavish had been his.

He had given back to her the gift of life, which she had rejected.

Like all imaginative people, she had the gift of dramatizing herself.

The fact of the gift is bad enough; without explanation it is horrible.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c. (c.1100 in surnames), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse gift, gipt "gift, good luck," from Proto-Germanic *giftiz (cf. Old Saxon gift, Old Frisian jefte, Middle Dutch ghifte "gift," German Mitgift "dowry"), from PIE root *ghabh- "to give or receive" (see habit).

For German Gift "poison," see poison (n.). Old English cognate gift meant "bride-price, marriage gift (by the groom), dowry" (Old English noun for "giving, gift" was related giefu). Sense of "natural talent" is c.1300, perhaps from earlier sense of "inspiration" (late 12c.). As a verb from 16c., especially in gifted. As a verb, giftwrap (also gift-wrap) attested by 1936.

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