verb be·stow \bi-ˈstō, bē-\

: to give (something) as a gift or honor

Full Definition of BESTOW

transitive verb
:  to put to use :  apply <bestowed his spare time on study>
:  to put in a particular or appropriate place :  stow
:  to provide with quarters :  put up
:  to convey as a gift —usually used with on or upon
be·stow·al \-ˈstō-əl\ noun
be·stow·er \-ˈstō(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of BESTOW

  1. The university bestowed on her an honorary degree.
  2. <bestowed a new car on their son for graduation>

Origin of BESTOW

Middle English, from be- + stowe place — more at stow
First Known Use: 14th century


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