bestow

verb
be·​stow | \ bi-ˈstō, bē-\
bestowed; bestowing; bestows

Definition of bestow

transitive verb

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.

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Other Words from bestow

bestowal \ bi-​ˈstō-​əl , bē-​ \ noun
bestower \ bi-​ˈstō(-​ə)r , bē-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for bestow

give, present, donate, bestow, confer, afford mean to convey to another as a possession. give, the general term, is applicable to any passing over of anything by any means. give alms gave her a ride on a pony give my love to your mother present carries a note of formality and ceremony. present an award donate is likely to imply a publicized giving (as to charity). donate a piano to the orphanage bestow implies the conveying of something as a gift and may suggest condescension on the part of the giver. bestow unwanted advice confer implies a gracious giving (as of a favor or honor). confer an honorary degree afford implies a giving or bestowing usually as a natural or legitimate consequence of the character of the giver. the trees afford shade a development that affords us some hope

Examples of bestow in a Sentence

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

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Release: March 8, 2019 Preliminary verdict: Must watch Caught in a Kree explosion, Carol Danvers is bestowed awesome powers, transforming into Ms. Marvel but known in today's comic circles as Captain Marvel. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Sci-Fi Film Guide," 3 Jan. 2019 There’s a lot of focus on the Travis Kalanicks of the world, but much of the real wealth next year will be bestowed upon people who are decamillionaires but not centimillionaires — people with at least $10 million, but not $100 million, in stock. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "The 2019 IPO class headlined by Uber will create a ton of new wealth. Will the billions go to mansions or missions?," 20 Dec. 2018 The yellow ribbon badge, featuring a small portrait of the Queen painted on glass and surrounded by diamonds, is bestowed by the sovereign as a reward for outstanding service to the crown. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Looks Like a Real-Life Cinderella in This Sparkly Jenny Packham Gown at the Diplomatic Reception," 4 Dec. 2018 Kyoto The culinary heart of Japan, Kyoto has been bestowed with a significant new sprinkling of Michelin stars. Christian L. Wright, WSJ, "The 10 Most Intriguing Travel Destinations for 2019," 23 Oct. 2018 The ancient beauty wisdom of my ancestors had been bestowed upon me, and I was hooked. Maureen Choi, Glamour, "My Mother’s 5-Step Korean Beauty Routine Completely Changed My Skin," 21 Sep. 2018 The inaugural excellence award will be bestowed at the high school’s homecoming football game on Sept. 21. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Michigan high school replaces Homecoming Queen with 'excellence award'," 19 Sep. 2018 The Golden Spikes Award, bestowed annually to the best amateur baseball player in the United States, has never been won by a Longhorn. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Texas' Kody Clemens named Golden Spikes Award semifinalist," 21 May 2018 But those came in the era when titles were bestowed by polls and other ranking systems. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Alabama coach Nick Saban praises UCF but says that 'self-proclaimed is not the same'," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of bestow

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bestow

Middle English, from be- + stowe place — more at stow

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bestow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bestow

: to give (something) as a gift or honor

bestow

verb
be·​stow | \ bi-ˈstō \
bestowed; bestowing

Kids Definition of bestow

: to give as a gift or honor bestowing an award

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