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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.
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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  • By bestowing on them the rights and protections that people enjoy, this legal innovation gave the company the freedom to flourish.
  • Perhaps trendsetters are simply bestowing the cool label on other, previously forlorn brands.
  • The case for bestowing on him the highest honor in basketball is straightforward enough.
  • Recently, one national group and one state group showed their agreement, bestowing honors upon him.
  • The bestowing of a certificate would be of value to the instructor, the adult learner wishing to be employed, and the employer.
  • The stipulation had the dual effect of resolving all claims against the defendants and bestowing us with appellate jurisdiction.
  • The appearance presented has been compared to the apostles with extended arms bestowing the benediction.
British Dictionary definitions for bestowing


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 bestowing



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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