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bestow definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: present; "The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated"; "bestow an honor on someone" [syn: confer, bestow]
2: give as a gift
3: bestow a quality on; "Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company"; "The music added a lot to the play"; "She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings"; "This adds a light note to the program" [syn: lend, impart, bestow, contribute, add, bring]

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from be- + stowe place more at stow Date: 14th century 1. to put to use ; apply <bestowed his spare time on study> 2. to put in a particular or appropriate place ; stow 3. to provide with quarters ; put up 4. to convey as a gift usually used with on or upon Synonyms: see give bestowal noun bestower noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. 1 (foll. by on, upon) confer (a gift, right, etc.). 2 deposit. Derivatives: bestowal n. Etymology: ME f. BE- + OE stow a place

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bestow Be*stow", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bestowed; p. pr. & vb. n. Bestowing.] [OE. bestowen; pref. be- + stow a place. See Stow.] 1. To lay up in store; to deposit for safe keeping; to stow; to place; to put. ``He bestowed it in a pouch.'' --Sir W. Scott. See that the women are bestowed in safety. --Byron. 2. To use; to apply; to devote, as time or strength in some occupation. 3. To expend, as money. [Obs.] 4. To give or confer; to impart; -- with on or upon. Empire is on us bestowed. --Cowper. Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor. --1 Cor. xiii. 3. 5. To give in marriage. I could have bestowed her upon a fine gentleman. --Tatler. 6. To demean; to conduct; to behave; -- followed by a reflexive pronoun. [Obs.] How might we see Falstaff bestow himself to-night in his true colors, and not ourselves be seen ? --Shak. Syn: To give; grant; present; confer; accord.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(bestows, bestowing, bestowed) To bestow something on someone means to give or present it to them. (FORMAL) The Queen has bestowed a knighthood on him. = confer VERB: V n on/upon n

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

be-sto': The seven Hebrew words rendered by this term variously mean "to put" or "place," "to give"; "do," "deposit," as e.g. to locate chariots and horsemen in cities (1Ki 10:26); or give a blessing (Ex 32:29). Four Greek words so translated signify "to give," "to labor," "to feed," "to place around"; as sunago, "to stow away goods" (Lu 12:17); or psomizo, "give away" (1Co 13:3). The term has richest significance in expressing God's abundant gift of grace and love, didomi (2Co 8:1 the King James Version; 1Jo 3:1).

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Put, place, stow, store, deposit, dispose, lay away, lay up in store. 2. Give, accord, grant, impart. See confer.

Moby Thesaurus

accord, administer, afford, allot, allow, apply, award, bestow on, billet, board, bunk, communicate, confer, consecrate to, consume, deal, deal out, dedicate to, devote, dish out, dispense, dole, dole out, domicile, donate, dose, dose with, employ, enforce upon, entertain, exercise, expend, exploit, extend, force, force upon, fork out, gift, gift with, give, give away, give freely, give out, give over to, give to, grant, hand out, handle, harbor, heap, help to, house, impart, issue, lavish, lay on, let have, lodge, mete, mete out, mete out to, offer, pack, pass, pour, prescribe for, present, proffer, put in, put on, put up, put upon, quarter, rain, render, serve, shell out, shower, slip, snow, spend, store, tender, use, use up, utilize, vouchsafe, warehouse, while, while away, wile, yield


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