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

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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Claiming that a woman is certainly a gold digger reaffirms a worldview pleasing to those who’d like to believe that men are the ones with the real power, and, if a woman ever exerts power, it’s been generously bestowed on her by a man. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kamala Harris Is Already Being Called a Prostitute," 29 Jan. 2019 And though our pick for the best monitor has since been bestowed on the even more decadent (and pricey) $2,000 Acer Predator X27, this Samsung display is still a stunner. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Samsung's decadent, ultra-fast CHG70 FreeSync 2 HDR monitor just hit its lowest price yet," 12 Oct. 2018 The Sawamura Award was first bestowed on Japan’s best pitcher in 1947, nine years before Don Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodgers won the first Cy Young Award. New York Times, "A 50-Year-Old Japanese Baseball Record Unites Two American Pitchers," 3 July 2018 Beautification awards have been bestowed upon three residential properties by the Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Three Havre de Grace property owners receive beautificiation awards from HPC," 28 June 2018 Most were bestowed by real estate developers who were trying to be clever . . . John Kelly, Washington Post, "A new D.C. building is coining a new neighborhood name — or resurrecting one," 19 June 2018 There the four surviving Jacksons were bestowed ceremonial keys to the city, with a fifth displayed in honor of late brother Michael Jackson. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Jacksons overcome technical woes to sparkle at Detroit Music Weekend," 17 June 2018 Release: March 8, 2019 Preliminary verdict: Must watch Caught in a Kree explosion, Carol Danvers is bestowed awesome powers, transforming into Ms. Marvel but known in today's comic circles as Captain Marvel. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Sci-Fi Film Guide," 3 Jan. 2019 There’s a lot of focus on the Travis Kalanicks of the world, but much of the real wealth next year will be bestowed upon people who are decamillionaires but not centimillionaires — people with at least $10 million, but not $100 million, in stock. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "The 2019 IPO class headlined by Uber will create a ton of new wealth. Will the billions go to mansions or missions?," 20 Dec. 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 \
bestowed; bestowing

Kids Definition of bestow

: to give as a gift or honor bestowing an award

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