Bestow definition

bĭ-stō
To present as a gift or an honor; confer.

Bestowed high praise on the winners.

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To give or present as a gift.
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(obs.) To give in marriage.
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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.

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To lodge, or find quarters for; provide with accommodation.
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To dispose of.
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To give; confer; impart gratuitously; present something to someone as a gift or honour.

Medals were bestowed on the winning team.

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To give in marriage.
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To apply; make use of; use; employ.
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To store or house.
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To apply; devote.

To bestow much time on a project.

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(archaic) To put or place, as in storage.
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(archaic) To provide lodgings for; house.
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To lay up in store; deposit for safe keeping; stow; place.
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To apply; use.
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To place or stow.
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Origin of bestow

  • Middle English bistowen bi- be- stowen to place stow

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English bestowen, bistowen, equivalent to be- (“on, over, about”) +‎ stow.

    From Wiktionary