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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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  • Anne of Cleves, on whom Henry bestowed an uncomplimentary epithet, had come, and had proved unacceptable.

  • Ham was alone there, and the glance which he bestowed upon me was unusually ugly.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • A kiss on the mouth must of itself be discreet when bestowed on youth by such venerable years as are yours.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • The utmost care was bestowed upon the training and education of the children.

    Mizora: A Prophecy Mary E. Bradley
  • No care is bestowed on selection, and breeding from “weedy” rams renders the stock deficient in quality.

    The Khedive's Country George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for bestowed


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 bestowed



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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