Bestow
Bestow Be*stow", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bestowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bestowing}.] [OE. bestowen; pref. be- + stow a place. See {Stow}.] 1. To lay up in store; to deposit for safe keeping; to stow; to place; to put. ``He bestowed it in a pouch.'' --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

See that the women are bestowed in safety. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

2. To use; to apply; to devote, as time or strength in some occupation. [1913 Webster]

3. To expend, as money. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

4. To give or confer; to impart; -- with on or upon. [1913 Webster]

Empire is on us bestowed. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor. --1 Cor. xiii. 3. [1913 Webster]

5. To give in marriage. [1913 Webster]

I could have bestowed her upon a fine gentleman. --Tatler. [1913 Webster]

6. To demean; to conduct; to behave; -- followed by a reflexive pronoun. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

How might we see Falstaff bestow himself to-night in his true colors, and not ourselves be seen ? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To give; grant; present; confer; accord. [1913 Webster]


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  • bestow — [bē stō′, bistō′] vt. [ME bistowen: see BE & STOW] 1. to give or present as a gift: often with on or upon 2. to apply; devote [to bestow much time on a project] 3. Archaic to put or place, as in storage 4. Archaic to pr …   English World dictionary

  • bestow — (v.) early 14c., bistowen give (as alms, etc.), from BE (Cf. be ) + stowen to place (see STOW (Cf. stow)). Related: Bestowed; bestowing; bestower …   Etymology dictionary

  • bestow — confer, present, donate, *give, afford Analogous words: *distribute, dispense, divide: *grant, award …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • bestow — [v] give, allot accord, apportion, award, bequeath, come through, commit, confer, devote, donate, entrust, favor, gift, give away, grant, hand out, honor with, impart, kick in, lavish, offer, present, put out, render to; concepts 98,108 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • bestow — ► VERB ▪ give or grant (an honour, right, or gift). DERIVATIVES bestowal noun. ORIGIN from Old English st w «place» …   English terms dictionary

  • bestow — v. (formal) (d; tr.) to bestow on, upon (to bestow an honor on smb.) * * * [bɪ stəʊ] upon (to bestow an honor on smb.) (formal) (d; tr.) to bestow on …   Combinatory dictionary

  • bestow — UK [bɪˈstəʊ] / US [bɪˈstoʊ] verb [transitive] Word forms bestow : present tense I/you/we/they bestow he/she/it bestows present participle bestowing past tense bestowed past participle bestowed formal to give valuable property or an important… …   English dictionary

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