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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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  • Whatever advantage that bestows upon the readers, it is because of science.
  • The procedure bestows on the designer an in-depth understanding of the problem and the solution.
  • Reading that prose is one of the great joys that literacy bestows on the sentient.
  • Thus he bestows a kind of immortality on songs never intended to transcend their provenance.
  • But perhaps by now you've realized that for every convenience technology bestows upon us, it chips away at something else.
  • It's good to know that any claim of virtue automatically bestows virtue.
  • He bestows on every object or quality its fit proportions neither more nor less.
  • And they enjoy, to an extent, the power attractiveness bestows.
  • It is something that costs money and that bestows the power to add value.
  • Time bestows import, he wrote, and the buildings of the modern movement do not have time to wait.
British Dictionary definitions for bestows


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 bestows



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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