be in someone's gift

British formal
if something is in your gift, you have the right to give it to someone

All major offices remained in the gift of the crown.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • be in someone's gift — be in someone’s gift british formal phrase if something is in your gift, you have the right to give it to someone All major offices remained in the gift of the crown. Thesaurus: to own something, or to be ownedsynonym Main entry: gift …   Useful english dictionary

  • gift — /gIft/ noun (C) 1 OBJECT something that you give someone on a special occasion or to thank them: The earrings were a gift from my aunt. | make sb a gift of sth: Grandma made me a gift of her silver. | free gift: Enjoy a free gift with any… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • gift — [ gıft ] noun count *** 1. ) something that you give to someone as a present: He bought generous gifts for all his family. The video camera was a retirement gift from colleagues. She made a $50,000 gift to charity. 2. ) a natural ability to do… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gift */*/*/ — UK [ɡɪft] / US noun [countable] Word forms gift : singular gift plural gifts 1) something that you give to someone as a present He bought generous gifts for all his family. The video camera was a retirement gift from colleagues. She made a… …   English dictionary

  • gift — W2S2 [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 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • GIFT — GIFT, the transfer of legal rights without any consideration or payment. It is essentially no more than a sale without payment and all the principles of the law of sale apply (see sale ). The Da at of the Parties The decision (gemirat ha da at)… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • gift — [gɪft] noun [countable] 1. something given to someone on a special occasion or to thank them; = PRESENT: • Sales of Christmas gifts are expected to grow about 20%. gift adjective [only before a noun] : • She has several years of experience …   Financial and business terms

  • gift-wrap — ˈgift wrap verb gift wrapped PTandPP gift wrapping PRESPART [transitive] if someone working in a shop gift wraps something you are buying, they wrap it in attractive coloured paper, so that you can give it to someone as a gift: • a gift wrapped… …   Financial and business terms

  • gift — n 1: an intentional and gratuitous transfer of real or personal property by a donor with legal capacity who actually or constructively delivers the property to the donee with the intent of giving up dominion over the property and investing it in… …   Law dictionary

  • gift — ► NOUN 1) a thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present. 2) a natural ability or talent. 3) informal a very easy task or unmissable opportunity. ► VERB 1) give as a gift, especially formally. 2) (gift with) endow (someone) with… …   English terms dictionary

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