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 uponThe university bestowed an honorary degree upon her.

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Other Words from bestow

bestowal \ bi-​ˈstō-​əl How to pronounce bestow (audio) , bē-​ \ noun
bestower \ bi-​ˈstō(-​ə)r How to pronounce bestow (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
Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, lawful detention and one's status as armed may not be sufficient to bestow this authority. Arkansas Online, "An important tool," 5 Dec. 2020 What does the Constitution say about the president’s power to bestow pardons? Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, "Can Trump pardon himself? A UC Hastings law professor weighs in," 31 Dec. 2020 With wisdom and maturity of life, grandparents lovingly bestow blessings upon their grandchildren. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, "Vayechi parsha: Grandparenting in Judaism," 28 Dec. 2020 Schwarzenegger explained to Raffensperger that the institute plans to bestow Democracy Action Hero awards next week over Zoom. Kate Brumback, Star Tribune, "Georgia secretary of state wins praise from Schwarzenegger," 8 Dec. 2020 Those looking to bestow a little self-care on friends and family members need look no further than the items on this list. Lindzi Scharf, Los Angeles Times, "The most indulgent self-care gifts of 2020," 4 Dec. 2020 Mere lawful detention alone does not bestow the authority to frisk an individual. Arkansas Online, "An important tool," 5 Dec. 2020 The Flynn pardon raised expectations that Mr. Trump would bestow clemency on other associates — like his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who refused to discuss matters from the 2016 election with prosecutors — in his final weeks in office. New York Times, "Trump Has Discussed With Advisers Pardons for His 3 Eldest Children and Giuliani," 1 Dec. 2020 These memberships bestow you and the lucky recipient with an entire year of access to streaming courses taught by successful athletes, actors, scientists, mixologists and more. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Cyber Monday 2020: Score an amazing discount on MasterClass," 30 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of bestow was in the 14th century

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18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Bestow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bestow. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for bestow

bestow

verb
How to pronounce bestow (audio)

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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