- The definition of bestow means to give as a gift or to give time or effort to something.
- An example of bestow is to give a medal to the class valedictorian.
- An example of bestow is to put more time into writing class papers.
- to give or present as a gift: often with on or upon
- to apply; devote: to bestow much time on a project
- Archaic to put or place, as in storage
- Archaic to provide lodgings for; house
- Obsolete to give in marriage
Origin: Middle English bistowen: see be- and amp; stow
- bestowal noun
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transitive verb be·stowed, be·stow·ing, be·stows
- To present as a gift or an honor; confer: bestowed high praise on the winners.
- To apply; use: “On Hester Prynne's story . . . I bestowed much thought” (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
- To place or stow: “He bestowed [the money]in his pockets with feigned composure” (James Joyce).
- To store or house.
Origin: Middle English bistowen : bi-, be- + stowen, to place; see stow.
- be·stowˈa·ble adjective
- be·stowˈal, be·stowˈment noun