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[bih-stoh] /bɪˈstoʊ/
verb (used with object)
to present as a gift; give; confer (usually followed by on or upon):
The trophy was bestowed upon the winner.
to put to some use; apply:
Time spent in study is time well bestowed.
  1. to provide quarters for; house; lodge.
  2. to put; stow; deposit; store.
Origin of bestow
1275-1325; Middle English bestowen. See be-, stow
Related forms
bestowal, bestowment, noun
misbestow, verb (used with object)
prebestow, verb (used with object)
prebestowal, noun
unbestowed, adjective
well-bestowed, adjective
1. grant, vouchsafe, award, accord. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bestowal
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  • It is Plato's greatest concession to the metic, as the bestowal of freedom is his greatest concession to the slave.

    Laws Plato
  • Since you have been a father, to know reasons for the bestowal of daughters.

    The Arrow-Maker Mary Austin
  • For other reason than this the bestowal would signify not at all.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • Nay, brother, you have bought the horse, and you may have the bestowal of it.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Encouragement given to artists by the bestowal of great honours.

  • Another point of great importance is the bestowal of rain-water.

    The Dwelling House George Vivian Poore
  • Otherwise, the bestowal of her hand belongs to her suzerain.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • And this He has done for us by the bestowal upon us of spiritual vitality.

    Lux Mundi Various
  • If they were intended as rewards, I would not be a party to their bestowal.

    Bolax Josephine Culpeper
British Dictionary definitions for bestowal


verb (transitive)
to present (a gift) or confer (an award or honour)
(archaic) to apply (energy, resources, etc)
(archaic) to house (a person) or store (goods)
Derived Forms
bestowal, bestowment, noun
bestower, noun
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Word Origin and History for bestowal

1773, from bestow + -al (2).



early 14c., bistowen "give" (as alms, etc.), from be- + stowen "to place" (see stow). Related: Bestowed; bestowing; bestower.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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