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noun [countable] gift pronunciation in British English /ɡɪft/
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  1. 1
    something that you give to someone as a present

    He bought generous gifts for all his family.

    The camera was a retirement gift from colleagues.

    She made a £50,000 gift to charity.

  2. 2
    a natural ability to do something well

    Making quick decisions is not one of my greatest gifts.

    gift for:

    She gets her gift for languages from her mother.

  3. 3
    something good that you are grateful to have
    gift of:

    the gift of sight/life/love

  4. 4
    [usually singular] informal something that you get easily that gives you an advantage
    gift to:

    The scandal was a gift to the tabloid press.

  5. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    gift that keeps on giving used about someone who keeps behaving in a predictable way or something that keeps happening, providing confirmation of a particular point of view, general entertainment, and so on

    For republicans, Prince Andrew is the gift that keeps on giving.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 08/01/2015

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