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
The post wasn't even Cabinet-level until George H.W. Bush bestowed that rank on his EPA chief, William Reilly, in 1989, and Congress has consistently balked at making the agency a Cabinet department.
The post didn’t even make it to Cabinet-level rank until George H.W. Bush bestowed it on his EPA head, William K. Reilly, in 1989, and Congress has consistently balked at making the agency a Cabinet department.
The most coveted approbation, though, was being summoned over to the couch, an honor bestowed on only a handful of first-time performers.
The Tulane Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award is bestowed on a person who is doing something that meets community needs and solves problems through entrepreneurship principles.
But Criterion’s most altruistic efforts must be the attention the company bestows on pictures unknown...
Spartans receive honors Four players on the La Cañada High girls’ lacrosse team were bestowed with All-Pacific League accolades.
In 2012, Mr. Papale bestowed on Mr. Dezer his Wolfgang Goethe Taormina Media Award, which is usually reserved for writers who write nice things about the town.
Last comes Trophies, first spotted by The Next Web in August, an attempt to gamify ephemeral messaging by bestowing virtual awards for various achievements, like sending 10 snaps with front-facing flash on.
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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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