transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from be- + stowe place — more at stow Date: 14th century 1. to put to use ; apply <
bestowed his spare time on study
2. to put in a particular or appropriate place ; stow 3. to provide with quarters ; put up 4. to convey as a gift — usually used with on or upon Synonyms: see givebestowal nounbestower noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bestow — I verb accord, accredit, address, administer, afford, allot, allow, appoint, apportion, attribuere, authorize, award, be favorable to, be prodigal, bequeath, cater, cede, charter, commission, communicate, conferre, concede, confer, confer a… …   Law dictionary

  • 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

  • bestow — verb Bestow is used with these nouns as the object: ↑accolade, ↑award, ↑blessing, ↑favour, ↑gift, ↑grace, ↑honour, ↑immortality, ↑knighthood, ↑title …   Collocations dictionary

  • bestow — Synonyms and related words: accord, administer, afford, allot, allow, apply, award, bestow on, billet, board, bunk, communicate, confer, consecrate to, consume, deal, deal out, dedicate to, devote, dish out, dispense, dole, dole out, domicile,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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