- 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 bestow
The question is: why were they about to bestow the award in the first place?State Puts Brakes On Award To Anti-Semitic Tweeter
March 7, 2013
Do you think I have charity to bestow, or a morsel of bread to spare?'Charles Dickens' Enduring Insights on Human Loss and Suffering
February 18, 2013
But the renewed bid holds the potential to bestow certain key privileges that should not be overlooked.Opening The Door To The ICC
Danielle Spiegel Feld
November 9, 2012
Restaurants have a soft opening and weeks of tweaking before critics come calling to bestow stars.Louis Vuitton, Chanel, McQueen Cap Paris Spring 2013 Fashion Week Shows
October 3, 2012
The rationale for the visit, after all, is explicitly symbolic: the president will bestow the Medal of Freedom on the chancellor.Obama and Merkel Play Friends for the Cameras
Russell A. Berman
June 5, 2011
The greatest honor history can bestow is the title of peacemaker.
Shall we hesitate to devote to him whatever he claims, or whatever we can bestow?Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
Thus, then, your generosity can never be evinced but to him on whom you bestow your hand.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
I suppose you have no objection this time to bestow a few bullets on these gentry?The Field of Ice
Oh, it is that which you must part with to bestow all the rest!Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
- 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 bestow
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