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
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 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.
Immelt has become one of the world’s best-known CEOs, yet never won the accolades that Wall Street bestowed on his predecessor.
The French presidency was conceived by Charles de Gaulle as an office that would bestow great power on an individual with the prestige, shrewdness, and cunning, to play contending forces against one another.
After spinning seven scoreless innings against the Tigers on April 26, Mariners bench coach Tim Bogar spun his own gem, bestowing upon Paxton the nickname.
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.
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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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