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bestow

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of bestow

  1. 1 to make a present of bestowed a new car on their son for graduation Synonyms of bestow give, contribute, donate, give away, present, volunteerWords Related to bestow chip in, kick in, pitch in, throw in; award, confer, endow, endue (or indue), render; afford, comp, furnish, provide; lavish, regale; aid, assist, benefit, help; administer, dish out, dispense, dole out, hand out, impart, issue, mete (out); extend, fork (over, out, or up), offer, pay, proffer, pungle (up), put up, tender; sacrificeNear Antonyms of bestow hold, keep, pocket, retain, withhold; preserve, save; advance, lend, loan; sell

  2. 2 to provide with living quarters or shelter eventually the refugee family was bestowed in its own apartment Synonyms of bestow accommodate, house, billet, bivouac, board, bunk, camp, chamber, domicile, encamp, harbor, lodge, put up, quarter, roof, room, shelter, take inWords Related to bestow ensconce, home, roost, secure, shed, stable, tent; barrack; bed (down)Near Antonyms of bestow eject, evict

Synonym Discussion of 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

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