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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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Examples from the web for bestowed
  • The amounts thus bestowed upon the servants were of course added to the bills of the club.
  • Some of the honors were bestowed this year with a deep sense of irony and a keen appreciation for current events.
  • The ex-communist region sets a high standard in such matters, so the epithet is not to be bestowed lightly.
  • The political upheavals that precipitated the war also bestowed gifts.
  • The honor, which takes up to a year to complete, has only been bestowed eight times prior to this year's awards.
  • We counted only three red roses among them, and one was bestowed in a laundry room.
  • No author should need to ask the state for rights that nature itself has bestowed.
  • It is fairly easy to see how those that are to be bestowed on groups or communities might work.
  • Wolfram gets a standing ovation, an honor bestowed to something under half of the speakers.
  • Then you landed a starting professorship and were magically bestowed with health benefits and a retirement account.
British Dictionary definitions for bestowed


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 bestowed



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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