gift vs give : Common Errors in English

gift or give

Conservatives are annoyed by the use of “gift” as a verb. If the ad says “gift her with jewelry this Valentine’s Day,” she might prefer that you give it to her.
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  • n  something acquired without compensation
  • n  natural abilities or qualities
  • n  the act of giving
  • v  give qualities or abilities to
  • v  give as a present; make a gift of

  • n  the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
  • v  cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense
  • v  be the cause or source of
  • v  transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
    can you give me lessons?
  • v  convey or reveal information
  • v  convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow
    give the orders
  • v  organize or be responsible for
    give a course
  • v  convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture
  • v  give as a present; make a gift of
    What will you give her for her birthday?
  • v  cause to happen or be responsible for
  • v  dedicate
    give thought to
    give priority to
  • v  give or supply
  • v  transmit (knowledge or skills)
    give a secret to the Russians
  • v  bring about
  • v  leave with; give temporarily
    Can I give you my keys while I go in the pool?
    Can I give you the children for the weekend?
  • v  emit or utter
    give a yelp
  • v  endure the loss of
  • v  place into the hands or custody of
  • v  give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
    give one's talents to a good cause
  • v  give (as medicine)
  • v  give or convey physically
  • v  bestow
    give homage
  • v  bestow, especially officially
    give a divorce
  • v  move in order to make room for someone for something
  • v  give food to
    don't give the child this tough meat
  • v  contribute to some cause
  • v  break down, literally or metaphorically
  • v  estimate the duration or outcome of something
  • v  execute and deliver
  • v  deliver in exchange or recompense
    I'll give you three books for four CDs
  • v  afford access to
    The French doors give onto a terrace
  • v  present to view
  • v  perform for an audience
  • v  be flexible under stress of physical force
    This material doesn't give
  • v  propose
  • v  accord by verdict
    give a decision for the plaintiff
  • v  manifest or show
    This student gives promise of real creativity
  • v  offer in good faith
  • v  submit for consideration, judgment, or use
    give one's opinion
    give an excuse
  • v  guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
  • v  allow to have or take
    I give you two minutes to respond
  • v  inflict as a punishment
  • v  occur
    what gives?
  • v  consent to engage in sexual intercourse with a man
  • v  proffer (a body part)
News & Articles

  • Survey: Gift card giving, spending on the rise
    Don't look for gift card giving - or subsequent spending - to slow down any time soon. New data out this week shows a growing number of consumers rely on gift cards for a number of occasions, but perhaps more importantly that most recipients are spending those gift cards within six months.
    June 21, 2013 - BizReport
  • Gift Your Gear Supports 50 UK Charities
    Gift Your Gear has led a nationwide initiative to help 50 different UK charities that focus on working with young people stay safe, warm and dry in the great outdoors. (PRWeb June 20, 2013) Read the full story at
    June 20, 2013 - PRWeb
  • Wedding Gift Text Fight Goes Viral, Says What Everyone Is Thinking
    A now viral wedding gift text fight is awkward to read, but the escalating and horrible exchange also says out loud what everyone thinks from all angles of a wedding. The wedding gift text fight stems from a couple unhappy with their gift from two guests — and what begins as a text message asking... Read more » Wedding Gift Text Fight Goes Viral, Says What Everyone Is Thinking is a post from ...
    June 20, 2013 - The Inquisitr