- 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 of bestowMiddle English bistowen: see be- and amp; stow
transitive verbbe·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 &ellipsis; 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 of bestowMiddle English bistowen : bi-, be- + stowen, to place; see stow.
- be·stow′al, be·stow′ment
(third-person singular simple present bestows, present participle bestowing, simple past and past participle bestowed)
- To lay up in store; deposit for safe keeping; stow; place.
- To lodge, or find quarters for; provide with accommodation.
- To dispose of.
- To give; confer; impart gratuitously; present something to someone as a gift or honour.
- Medals were bestowed on the winning team.
- To give in marriage.
- To apply; make use of; use; employ.