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.

Origin of bestow

1275–1325; Middle English bestowen. See be-, stow
Related formsbe·stow·al, be·stow·ment, nounmis·be·stow, verb (used with object)pre·be·stow, verb (used with object)pre·be·stow·al, nounun·be·stowed, adjectivewell-be·stowed, adjective

Synonyms for bestow Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bestowed

Contemporary Examples of bestowed

Historical Examples of bestowed

  • The prize was bestowed on him who ran the course without extinguishing his torch.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • He shrugged his shoulders, and bestowed on her a very wise look.

  • Dick bestowed the money in his pocket, and again turned toward the door.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • 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

    Arthur Schnitzler

British Dictionary definitions for bestowed


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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Word Origin and History for bestowed



early 14c., bistowen "give" (as alms, etc.), from be- + stowen "to place" (see stow). Related: Bestowed; bestowing; bestower.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper