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 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 In addition to the 10 Actors to Watch, the Newport Beach Film Festival will bestow industry honors. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 1 Sep. 2021 Since these prizes started in 2009, more than 3,000 leaders and organizations from 150 nations have applied or been nominated for the awards, which, in addition to their notoriety, bestow a $20,000 purse. Derek Newton, Forbes, 25 May 2021 In light of this, and in the wake of the iPhone 13 release, Google published a blog post detailing how users can bestow a little bit of Android flavor to the iOS 15 home screen. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 1 Oct. 2021 The United Nations can withhold or bestow formal acknowledgement on the Taliban, and use this as crucial leverage to exact assurances on human rights, girls’ access to education, and political concessions. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Sep. 2021 Diversity remained a problem: The Television Academy failed to bestow a win to any actors of color. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2021 Or all of the nicknames Trump likes to bestow on his political opponents? Chris Cillizza, CNN, 15 Sep. 2021 In order to assess what benefits colorful plumage might bestow on females, the researchers set up taxidermy mounts of the little birds on feeders. Sara Tabin, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Many readers were confounded: why had de Grey decided to bestow the imprimatur of academic respectability on Zak’s work? Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021

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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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21 Oct 2021

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“Bestow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bestow. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for bestow

bestow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bestow

: 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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