from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Endowed with great natural ability, intelligence, or talent.
  • adjective Revealing special talent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Endowed by nature with any power or faculty; furnished with any particular talent; specifically, largely endowed with intellect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective having unusual talent in some field.
  • adjective having exceptionally high intelligence; -- said of children, especially in discourse on education.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Endowed with special, in particular intellectual, abilities.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of gift.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective endowed with talent or talents


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  • GIfTed

    April 26, 2008

  • "Is there a hierarchy of gifts, I wondered, a natural, immutable order that decrees I am this gifted but no more, that I will be this good but no better?"

    —Glenn Kurtz, Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music (New York: Vintage Books, 2007), 63

    October 31, 2008

  • Yes, but one's limits are usually farther away than they appear.

    October 31, 2008

  • That's a nice way of looking at it, mollusque. Thanks. :)

    October 31, 2008

  • I will be this good but no better, in my mind, sounded like I can't believe it's not butter.

    October 31, 2008

  • I like it too, mollusque :-)

    October 31, 2008

  • I don't want to be this good but no better. Dammit.

    But I am willing to believe it's not butter. That, I'll give way on.

    October 31, 2008

  • I can believe it's not butter, but I do not believe that I will be this good but no butter.


    October 31, 2008