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Definition of "bestow" []

  • To present as a gift or an honor; confer: bestowed high praise on the winners. (verb-transitive)
  • To apply; use: "On Hester Prynne's story . . . I bestowed much thought” ( Nathaniel Hawthorne). (verb-transitive)
  • To place or stow: "He bestowed [the money]in his pockets with feigned composure” ( James Joyce). (verb-transitive)
  • To store or house. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bestow" in a sentence
  • "_bestow upon others_, and which we can bestow _liberally_ because by this very action we open the way for still greater supplies to flow in."
  • "Let her work for you in return for this; she don't ask alms, she only wants employment and a little kindness, and the best charity we can bestow is to see that she has both."
  • "But the idea of relinquishing those delightful amusements and flattering attentions, which wealth and equipage bestow, is painful."