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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 of bestow
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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  • Anne of Cleves, on whom Henry bestowed an uncomplimentary epithet, had come, and had proved unacceptable.

  • He shrugged his shoulders, and bestowed on her a very wise look.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • A kiss on the mouth must of itself be discreet when bestowed on youth by such venerable years as are yours.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • The smiles which surrounded him were of his own creation, and he participated in the happiness he had bestowed.

    Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock
  • No care is bestowed on selection, and breeding from “weedy” rams renders the stock deficient in quality.

    The Khedive's Country George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for bestowed

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 bestowed

bestow

v.

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

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