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bestow

[bih-stoh] /bɪˈstoʊ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to present as a gift; give; confer (usually followed by on or upon):
The trophy was bestowed upon the winner.
2.
to put to some use; apply:
Time spent in study is time well bestowed.
3.
Archaic.
  1. to provide quarters for; house; lodge.
  2. to put; stow; deposit; store.
Origin of bestow
1275-1325
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
Synonyms
1. grant, vouchsafe, award, accord.
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  • The prize was bestowed on him who ran the course without extinguishing his torch.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • He shrugged his shoulders, and bestowed on her a very wise look.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Dick bestowed the money in his pocket, and again turned toward the door.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The smiles which surrounded him were of his own creation, and he participated in the happiness he had bestowed.

    Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock
  • In conjunction they had bestowed upon him hours of incomparable sweetness.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
British Dictionary definitions for bestowed

bestow

/bɪˈstəʊ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to present (a gift) or confer (an award or honour)
2.
(archaic) to apply (energy, resources, etc)
3.
(archaic) to house (a person) or store (goods)
Derived Forms
bestowal, bestowment, noun
bestower, noun
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Word Origin and History for bestowed

bestow

v.

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

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