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bestow

[bih-stoh] /bɪˈstoʊ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to present as a gift; give; confer (usually followed by on or upon):
The trophy was bestowed upon the winner.
2.
to put to some use; apply:
Time spent in study is time well bestowed.
3.
Archaic.
  1. to provide quarters for; house; lodge.
  2. to put; stow; deposit; store.
Origin
1275-1325
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
Synonyms
1. grant, vouchsafe, award, accord.
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Examples for bestowal
  • Honorary admittance to a country club is in and of itself a generous bestowal upon the recipient.
  • The other facts are no more conducive to the bestowal of retroactive relief.
British Dictionary definitions for bestowal

bestow

/bɪˈstəʊ/
verb (transitive)
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)
Derived Forms
bestowal, bestowment, noun
bestower, noun
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Word Origin and History for bestowal
bestow
early 14c., bistowen "give" (as alms, etc.), from be- + stowen "to place" (see stow).
bestowal
1773, from bestow + -al (2).
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