- 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.
- to provide quarters for; house; lodge.
- to put; stow; deposit; store.
Origin of bestow
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1. grant, vouchsafe, award, accord.
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Examples from the Web for bestows
The gold medal is the highest honor Congress bestows, and both houses must pass the authorizing legislation.Obama’s Civil Rights Snub?
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The little black dress is “like armor” in the sense that it bestows confidence on its wearer, Steele says.From the Anti-Rape Bra to Chastity Belts: How Women Use Clothing for Protection
June 5, 2013
Philip is known to be a big fan of the anonymity that driving a taxi around London bestows, and he bought his first cab in 1993.Queen and Prince Philip Show Their Thrifty Side in London Taxi
March 8, 2012
You know, Castro walks around like the Leader,” said Brown, “who bestows darshan [blessings] on everybody.Jerry Brown's Castro Trouble
A. L. Bardach
October 5, 2010
But she heeds them not: they might as well be stinging-nettles, for all the notice she bestows upon them.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
He in a very real sense is incarnate in the religion that He bestows.London Lectures of 1907
All of his orders pass by me; all favors that he bestows are also passed by me.Nobody's Girl
There is a difference of opinion as to the subject-matter which bestows immortality.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
The love that bestows such gift is all-complete and gracious.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
John Henry Jowett
- to present (a gift) or confer (an award or honour)
- archaic to apply (energy, resources, etc)
- archaic to house (a person) or store (goods)
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Word Origin and History for bestows
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