If I receive a thing, I can either steal it, trade for it, or receive it as a gift. Is there a word for "receive as a gift"? As in, "I stole four potatoes, bought six potatoes, and XXX'd three potatoes?"

  • In some contexts you might be able to use received or accepted, but for almost all contexts I think you'll have to go for the two-word was given (to emphasize the fact of having received the three potatoes as a gift, you might also consider was gifted). Commented Feb 23, 2016 at 18:31
  • @FumbleFingers The OP also needs to beware of the fact that the verb receive or receiving has various meanings depending on context. In Britain (and I assume in other English-speaking jurisdictions) there is an offence of receiving. It refers to stolen property, where the receiver knows it to have been stolen. At the other end of the scale a Receiver is someone appointed by a court to take charge of, and manage assets held by a bankrupt.
    – WS2
    Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 0:23

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"I was gifted three potatoes". Gift works as both a verb and a noun.

A more common use is "I was given three potatoes" but this doesn't specifically imply a gift.

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