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

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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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The government has bestowed upon them guarantees against any losses. New York Times, "Turkey’s Economy Is So Hot That It May Face a Meltdown," 10 July 2018 The distinction, not to be confused with the team’s longstanding Honor Roll, has been bestowed on luminaries since 2011, though after the fourth round of the selections — in 2014 — the team hadn’t made any additions. Steve Svekis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "The Dolphins prepare to unveil latest Walk of Fame members | Photos," 10 July 2018 At some point, Zerlang bestowed on Tonning the moniker of Capt. Robert Earle Howells, SFChronicle.com, "Insider: A sea captain’s guide to Eureka," 5 July 2018 Each year the World Cultural Council bestows the Albert Einstein World Award of Science. Michael Taube, WSJ, "‘Little House’ Has Been Condemned," 4 July 2018 After a disconsolate youth, communism bestowed purpose on his life and work, his own happiness granted in large measure by the proposition that happiness could become a universal possession—a staple, not a delicacy. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018 This week the National Endowment for the Arts bestowed its NEA Heritage Fellowship on the artist, a $25,000 award that is the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Essential Arts: A wild procession, a female 'Tempest' and music's new sounds of protest," 30 June 2018 Florence + the Machine once again bestows on listeners a gift of an album, full of ethereal sentiments and her mesmerizing voice. Raisa Bruner, Time, "5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week," 29 June 2018 Or the Oscar Robertson Free Agent of the Year, bestowed to the player whose free agent decision led to something greater. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Oscar Robertson proud of NBA's Lifetime Achievement Award: My work was 'recognized'," 25 June 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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