- 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 bestowed
She also features a more natural face than the one of docile serenity so often bestowed on the Queen of Heaven.The Virgin Mary Lookbook
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They shared a birthday—July 8—and Nelson always thought that bestowed some sort of personal aura on him.This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art
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That level of hate would never be bestowed upon someone was anything short of a revolutionary.We Need MLK’s Revolutionary Spirit
Roland S. Martin
January 20, 2014
The medal is one of more than 250 awards that have been bestowed upon him.Six Defining Moments From Nelson Mandela’s Life (video)
December 5, 2013
Each age in our past history has bestowed on us its own contribution, as well as its own continuing curse.The Invention of the Ego in Martin Luther’s Defiance
November 3, 2013
The prize was bestowed on him who ran the course without extinguishing his torch.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He shrugged his shoulders, and bestowed on her a very wise look.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Dick bestowed the money in his pocket, and again turned toward the door.Within the Law
The smiles which surrounded him were of his own creation, and he participated in the happiness he had bestowed.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
In conjunction they had bestowed upon him hours of incomparable sweetness.Casanova's Homecoming
- 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 bestowed
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