- 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 bestowal
But that bestowal of trust is just one way in which Jim has prepared the NewsHour for a future in the digital age.Jim Lehrer's Stealthy Exit
May 13, 2011
It is Plato's greatest concession to the metic, as the bestowal of freedom is his greatest concession to the slave.Laws
Since you have been a father, to know reasons for the bestowal of daughters.The Arrow-Maker
For other reason than this the bestowal would signify not at all.Antony Gray,--Gardener
Nay, brother, you have bought the horse, and you may have the bestowal of it.Sir Nigel
Arthur Conan Doyle
Encouragement given to artists by the bestowal of great honours.
- 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 bestowal
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