Definition of Bestow

1. Verb. Present. "Bestow an honor on someone"

Exact synonyms: Confer
Generic synonyms: Award, Present
Specialized synonyms: Miter, Bless, Graduate
Derivative terms: Bestowal, Bestowment, Conferee, Conferment, Conferral



2. Verb. Give as a gift.
Generic synonyms: Give
Derivative terms: Bestowment

3. Verb. Bestow a quality on. "This adds a light note to the program"
Exact synonyms: Add, Bring, Contribute, Impart, Lend
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Factor, Instill, Transfuse, Tinsel, Throw In
Derivative terms: Addition

Definition of Bestow

1. v. t. To lay up in store; to deposit for safe keeping; to stow; to place; to put.

Definition of Bestow

1. Verb. (transitive) To lay up in store; deposit for safe keeping; stow; place. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To lodge, or find quarters for; provide with accommodation. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To dispose of. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To give; confer; impart gratuitously; present something to someone as a gift or honour. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To give in marriage. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To apply; make use of; use; employ. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) To behave or deport. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bestow

1. to present as a gift [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bestow

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besting
bestir
bestir oneself
bestirred
bestirring
bestirs
bestness
bestockinged
bestole
bestolen
bestood
bestorm
bestormed
bestorms
bestow (current term)
bestowable
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Literary usage of Bestow

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1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1861)
"On tbe first of these three Guides, we can bestow unqualified praise. ... We aro disappointed at Unding that wo cannot bestow the same amount of ..."

2. The Life of Benvenuto Cellini by Benvenuto Cellini, John Addington Symonds (1889)
"I begged his Holiness to bestow this little thing on me meanwhile by way of earnest. He began to laugh, and said he was willing, but that he did not wish me ..."

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