[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. bestialize,
  2. bestially,
  3. bestiary,
  4. bestie,
  5. bestir,
  6. bestowal,
  7. bestraddle,
  8. bestrew,
  9. bestride,
  10. bestrow

Origin of bestow

1275–1325; Middle English bestowen. See be-, stow

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bestowal


/ (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 Formsbestowal or bestowment, nounbestower, noun

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