Definition of bestow
1 : to put to use : apply bestowed his spare time on study
2 : to put in a particular or appropriate place : stow … bestowed in her car … by the chauffeur. — Frances Towers … the whole cargo was bestowed … — R. L. Stevenson
3 : to provide with quarters : put up … bestowed Clotilde in lodgings of her own. — Rayner Heppenstall
4 : to convey as a gift —usually used with on or upon The university bestowed an honorary degree upon her.
bestowalplay \-ˈstō-əl\ noun
bestowerplay \-ˈstō(-ə)r\ noun
Examples of bestow in a sentence
The university bestowed on her an honorary degree.
bestowed a new car on their son for graduation
Origin and Etymology of bestow
Middle English, from be- + stowe place — more at stow
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of bestow
BESTOW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bestow for English Language Learners
: to give (something) as a gift or honor
BESTOW Defined for Kids
Definition of bestow for Students
: to give as a gift or honor bestowing an award
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