- 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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Examples from the Web for bestowment
Mercy is the bestowment of pardon upon the sinful and undeserving.
To quiet the Indians of the Missouri by conference and the bestowment of gifts.
God hath wise reasons for the bestowment of gifts, and, in someway, gets glory to himself thereby.
This comprehends deliverance from merited sufferings, and the bestowment of happiness which is the contrast of it.
When we come to ask mercy of God, and to pray for grace to love and serve him, we may plead and expostulate for the bestowment.
- 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 bestowment
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