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[bih-stoh] /bɪˈstoʊ/
verb (used with object)
to present as a gift; give; confer (usually followed by on or upon):
The trophy was bestowed upon the winner.
to put to some use; apply:
Time spent in study is time well bestowed.
  1. to provide quarters for; house; lodge.
  2. to put; stow; deposit; store.
Origin of bestow
1275-1325; Middle English bestowen. See be-, stow1
Related forms
bestowal, bestowment, noun
misbestow, verb (used with object)
prebestow, verb (used with object)
prebestowal, noun
unbestowed, adjective
well-bestowed, adjective
1. grant, vouchsafe, award, accord. Unabridged
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  • I had a hobby-horse, which I rode constantly to fairy-land in quest of treasure to bestow upon my friends.

    Hawthorne and His Circle Julian Hawthorne
  • The treasures which I bestow upon you, you are to use to help the true ruler.

  • Mrs. Langworthy had no liking to bestow upon such as Judith.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch Jackson Gregory
  • That is but the natural result of the profound thought I bestow upon you.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • The little learning she had absorbed was sufficient to bestow upon her an angry consciousness of her own invincible ignorance.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • How could Spain bestow upon her colony what she did not possess herself?

    A Short History of Spain Mary Platt Parmele
  • Let us bestow upon atoms both a will and an understanding, as poets did on rocks and rivers.

    The Existence of God Francois de Salignac de La Mothe- Fenelon
  • She made him her Master of Horse, but she did not bestow upon him much real power.

    Queen Elizabeth Jacob Abbott
  • But I protest against his right to bestow upon it the name of another and totally different thing.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus American Anti-Slavery Society
British Dictionary definitions for bestow upon


verb (transitive)
to present (a gift) or confer (an award or honour)
(archaic) to apply (energy, resources, etc)
(archaic) to house (a person) or store (goods)
Derived Forms
bestowal, bestowment, noun
bestower, noun
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Word Origin and History for bestow upon



early 14c., bistowen "give" (as alms, etc.), from be- + stowen "to place" (see stow). Related: Bestowed; bestowing; bestower.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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