presented as a gift or privilege; given or conferred: As the official addressed them, some members of the audience shouted with joy over their newly bestowed citizenship.
Archaic. applied; put to some use: If I regarded the present discussion concerning baptism as only about mere mode or form, I should think my time and labor poorly bestowed.
the simple past tense and past participle of bestow.
- un·be·stowed, adjective
- well-be·stowed, adjective
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How to use bestowed in a sentence
Perhaps we are moving toward a day when reading a diverse historical, like one of Beverly Jenkins’s romances, featuring brown faces bestowed with lovely gowns and happily-ever-afters, is not subversive, but natural and true.How ‘Bridgerton’ flipped the script on ‘The Duke and I’ | Vanessa Riley | January 12, 2021 | Washington Post
These are the names we bestow on animals we adore, cherish and care for.One name to rule them all: ‘Max’ seems to be the most popular name for U.S. dogs | John Kelly | January 6, 2021 | Washington Post
The suspect, Anthony Bernard Brennan, became an instant symbol of resistance to calls for police reform — a mantle his attorneys have long said was unfairly bestowed.Bethesda bike-trail assailant pleads guilty to assault in flier-snatching case | Dan Morse | December 16, 2020 | Washington Post
There’s 49ers Coach Kyle Shanahan, the son of Mike Shanahan, to whom Snyder bestowed all football power in 2010.Playing the 49ers reminds of past failures, but Washington finally seems to have moved on | Les Carpenter | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
Aimee CunninghamThere are signs that the immune system can learn how to deal with the virus, bestowing at least temporary immunity.As 2020 comes to an end, here’s what we still don’t know about COVID-19 | Science News Staff | December 9, 2020 | Science News
She also features a more natural face than the one of docile serenity so often bestowed on the Queen of Heaven.
They shared a birthday—July 8—and Nelson always thought that bestowed some sort of personal aura on him.
She even embraced, indeed capitalized on, the sexist "Money Honey" moniker bestowed upon her.Maria Bartiromo: What Went Wrong at CNBC, and Why the ‘Money Honey’ Moved to Fox | Lloyd Grove | March 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That level of hate would never be bestowed upon someone was anything short of a revolutionary.
Since then, Singh has mumbled along inaudibly, knowing power only as a gift bestowed, not as a responsibility earned.Farewell to Manmohan Singh, India’s Puppet Prime Minister | Kapil Komireddi | January 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He used to walk through the park, and note with pleasure the care that his father bestowed on the gigantic property.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Their eyes met, and he smiled a friendly, reassuring smile, such as a father might have bestowed upon a daughter.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
He had received the scanty education generally bestowed upon the sons of small yeomen at the beginning of the present century.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
And if the bailee is a finder who has bestowed labor on the article found in good faith, the same rule applies.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Hence, we leave him at this point, joining heartily in the best wishes and the compliments bestowed upon him by his friends.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike