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Is there any difference between present and gift? Below are the definitions from dictionary but I can't tell the difference.

present - give as a present; make a gift of;

Gift. Something that is bestowed voluntarily and without compensation

Thanks!
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New2grammarIs there any difference between present and gift? Below are the definitions from dictionary but I can't tell the difference.

According to Collins Cobuild English Dictionary for Advanced Learners, a present is a gift.

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But "gift" has another meaning (to be gifted for sth); you can't use "present" in that case (but I'm sure you already know that...)
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Thank you everyone! Now I know they are interchangable when referring to, for example, birthday gift/present.
N2G, as a noun, I find them interchangeable. Birthday gift, birthday present. Wedding gift, wedding present.

One situation that uses only gift is a monetary gift to a charity. You refer to that as a gift, not a present.
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Thank you, GG! To be on the safe side, I'll only use 'gift' from today onward Emotion: smile
Anonymous:
A present is a gift that you present, i.e. you physically give (present) to someone. If you mailed it, it's a gift not a present.
AnonymousA present is a gift that you present, i.e. you physically give (present) to someone. If you mailed it, it's a gift not a present.
Seriously?
So when my mother sends things to her grandchildren for Christmas, they are NOT Christmas presents? That will be news to a lot of people.

Where did you come up with this definition??
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Anonymous:
Presents are always wrapped, whether for birthdays holidays or anniversarys etc.

All presents are gifts but not all gifts are presents.

If giving something for no special reason but that you want to it is a gift.

So a wrapped present (or even wrapped by the childs parent after recieving) sent by mail is a present. It is also a gift.

Getting a freebie at the mall or a store or a restaurant is not a present. It is however a gift.

And remember to always say thankyou regardless of how truly useles it is for you. Like really need another one of 'these'. Just smile and say thank you like you mean it, and it is OK to regift if it isn't from your Mother-In-Law.
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