bestow

[bih-stoh]
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.
a.
to provide quarters for; house; lodge.
b.
to put; stow; deposit; store.

Origin:
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.
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bestow (bɪˈstəʊ)
 
vb
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)
 
be'stowal
 
n
 
be'stowment
 
n
 
be'stower
 
n

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bestow
early 14c., bistowen "give" (as alms, etc.), from be- + stowen "to place" (see stow).
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Example sentences
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.
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