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bestow

[ bih-stoh ]
/ bɪˈstoʊ /
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Definition of bestow

verb (used with object)
to present as a gift; give; confer (usually followed by on or upon): The trophy was bestowed upon the winner.
Archaic. to put to some use; apply: He was continually working the mines, expending money and bestowing his time, toil, and skill upon them.
Archaic.
  1. to provide quarters for; house; lodge.
  2. to put; stow; deposit; store.
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Origin of bestow

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English bestowen; see be-, stow

OTHER WORDS FROM bestow

be·stow·al, be·stow·ment, nounmis·be·stow, verb (used with object)pre·be·stow, verb (used with object)pre·be·stow·al, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bestow

bestow
/ (bɪˈstəʊ) /

verb (tr)
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 of bestow

bestowal or bestowment, nounbestower, noun
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