Do you think I have charity to bestow, or a morsel of bread to spare?'
Instead, they become fixated on someone unattainable, as if only the love of a highly desirable other can bestow self-esteem.
The rationale for the visit, after all, is explicitly symbolic: the president will bestow the Medal of Freedom on the chancellor.
The question is: why were they about to bestow the award in the first place?
I bestow a wink or a wave, and they tell the story till they die.
To qualify themselves for this they bestow their time, their money and their labor.
What war could ravish, commerce could bestow, And he returned a friend, who came a foe.
I had a hobby-horse, which I rode constantly to fairy-land in quest of treasure to bestow upon my friends.
And humbly accept such countenance as they choose to bestow?
He had all that mere possessions could bestow, but always with a sense that Debrett, round the corner, was keeping an eye on him.