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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The honor of lying in repose was last bestowed in 2016 on Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, the leader of the court's conservative wing, who often clashed with the liberal Stevens during his 30 years on the court. Editors, USA TODAY, "'Lion King,' heatwave and Puerto Rico protest: 5 things you need to know Monday," 22 July 2019 Akwamuhene Ansa Sasraku II then bestowed the necessary royal directives. Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann, Quartz Africa, "A Ghanaian royal family’s conflict of collaboration and resistance in the African slave trade," 13 July 2019 This year, the crowd bestowed the People’s Choice crown on Chef Myke Gorton from Il Fornaio. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "This Paper Plane bartender put San Jose on national mixology map," 25 June 2019 The installation also earned the director a Special Achievement Academy Award in 2017, a discretionary award last bestowed by the Academy’s Board of Governors in 1995. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "VR Installation of Crossing U.S.-Mexico Border Comes to Nation’s Capital," 30 Mar. 2018 Prince Charles and first lady Nancy Reagan came to Dallas to bestow the Churchill medal. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, patriot and philanthropist, dies at 89," 9 July 2019 The naval ship launched in 1992 and was sponsored by Cindy as part of a tradition to bestow good luck on the vessel. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Cindy McCain, family celebrate 25th commissioning anniversary of USS John S. McCain," 2 July 2019 Before the Nobel Peace Prize committee decided to bestow its award on American presidents in advance of potential accomplishments, the medallion and krona had to be earned. Justin D. Shapiro, National Review, "In Defense of Diplomacy with Despots, from 1776 to Today," 2 July 2019 Walter, a scientist experimenting with biodynamic concealment, has the ultimate disguise to bestow on the super suave agent… a pigeon. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Tom Holland turns Will Smith into one fly secret agent in Spies in Disguise trailer," 2 July 2019

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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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