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
Recent Examples of bestow from the Web
McKay won the John Olerud Award, bestowed upon the best two-way player in college baseball, each of the last three years.
Two-way contracts are new this season and each NBA team is allowed to bestow up to two on players in the NBA Gatorade League — formerly known as the NBA Development League.
Mr. Lauder could have bestowed his gift on another institution, namely the Museum of Modern Art.
Upon his death, at age 84, Dali bestowed his estate to the Spanish state.
The Medal of Honor is the highest honor bestowed on military members for going above and beyond the call of duty.
Accolades have been bestowed by The Texas Recreation and Parks Society; Texas Turfgrass Association and Sport Turf Managers Association among them.
The honors, awarded twice yearly, are bestowed in the name of the queen and recommended by a panel that considers suggestions from government departments and political parties as well as from members of the public.
In October 1945, President Harry S. Truman bestowed the medal on then-2nd Lt.
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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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