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.
to provide quarters for; house; lodge.
to put; stow; deposit; store.

1275–1325; Middle English bestowen. See be-, stow1

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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bestow (bɪˈstəʊ)
1.  to present (a gift) or confer (an award or honour)
2.  archaic to apply (energy, resources, etc)
3.  archaic to house (a person) or store (goods)

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Main Entry:  bestow1
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to present as a gift; grant, give
Etymology:  Middle English be- + stowen 'to place'
Usage:  transitive
Main Entry:  bestow2
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to deposit in a place; put in a position or situation
Etymology:  Middle English be- + stowen 'to place'
Main Entry:  bestow3
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to apply or put to use; employ
Etymology:  Middle English be- + stowen 'to place'
Main Entry:  bestow4
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to give lodging; put up
Etymology:  Middle English be- + stowen 'to place'
Main Entry:  bestow5
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to store, stow away
Etymology:  Middle English be- + stowen 'to place'
Main Entry:  bestow
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  bestowing; stowage, storage
Etymology:  Old French bombace 'cotton wadding''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

early 14c., bistowen "give" (as alms, etc.), from be- + stowen "to place" (see stow).
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Example sentences
As a gesture of respect, I bestow upon you a laurel leaf out of my crown.
It wasn't my place to bestow that kind of morality lesson on someone.
They were busy mapping the coast and didn't bestow the spot with a name.
The greatest honor history can bestow is the title of peacemaker.
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