bestow

[bih-stoh]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to present as a gift; give; confer (usually followed by on or upon): The trophy was bestowed upon the winner.
  2. to put to some use; apply: Time spent in study is time well bestowed.
  3. Archaic.
    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

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Related Words for bestowment

grant, accordance, conferral, bestowal, presentation, present

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British Dictionary definitions for bestowment

bestow

verb (tr)
  1. to present (a gift) or confer (an award or honour)
  2. archaic to apply (energy, resources, etc)
  3. archaic to house (a person) or store (goods)
Derived Formsbestowal or bestowment, nounbestower, noun
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Word Origin and History for bestowment

bestow

v.

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

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