bestow

verb
be·​stow | \ bi-ˈstō How to pronounce bestow (audio) , 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 How to pronounce bestowal (audio) , bē-​ \ noun
bestower \ bi-​ˈstō(-​ə)r How to pronounce bestower (audio) , 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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While having lots of intestinal gas can be a badge of pride bestowed on you by a healthy diet, some people find too much of it to be, well, too much, either for their physical or social comfort. SELF, "Why This Registered Dietitian Tells (Some of) Her Patients to Avoid Kale Salads," 30 Nov. 2018 Announced today, Lauren has been made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a title bestowed on him by Queen Elizabeth II. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Ralph Lauren Receives an Honorary Knighthood From the United Kingdom," 14 Nov. 2018 The gathering is also occasion for bestowing honorary degrees, this year on fashion journalist Alexander Fury and designers Andre Walker and Lutz Huelle. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Here’s to all the graduates of 2018, an homage to optimism," 1 May 2018 Each nomination is accompanied by an essay explaining why the person being nominated is worthy of being bestowed the Athena Leadership Award. Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, Houston Chronicle, "League City plans to honor top female leaders," 17 Apr. 2018 Photo: Mark Lennihan/Associated Press Too often, leadership is bestowed on the people who crave it most. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Eisenhower Code: Happy to Serve, Reluctant to Lead," 7 Dec. 2018 Use CookPad to choose and share your recipe, then host your own Cake Boss, British Bake-Off, or Iron Chef, bestowing bragging rights to whoever’s rendition more closely mimics the original. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "How To Celebrate The Holidays Away From Home," 22 Nov. 2018 My grandmother passed it on to my mother, and then when puberty hit my household, a bottle of Tussy was bestowed upon my younger sister and I—making us the fourth-gen users. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "No One's Ever Heard of Tussy Deodorant, But I Assure You It's the Best," 20 Sep. 2018 The story emerged that Alexander Hamilton had gifted the clock personally to his financial brainchild, like a father bestowing a pocket watch to his firstborn. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dem revolt threatens another incumbent," 12 Sep. 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

formal : to give (something) as a gift or honor

bestow

verb
be·​stow | \ bi-ˈstō How to pronounce bestow (audio) \
bestowed; bestowing

Kids Definition of bestow

: to give as a gift or honor bestowing an award

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