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Line breaks: be¦stow
Pronunciation: /bɪˈstəʊ

Definition of bestow in English:


[with object]
1Confer or present (an honour, right, or gift): the office was bestowed on him by the monarch of this realm
More example sentences
  • Lavish gifts are bestowed upon visitors, guests, and distant cousins alike.
  • Warmest congratulations to Jarlath on this very special honour which is being bestowed on him this weekend.
  • Too many honours have been bestowed on him, surely he should say enough is enough.
1.1 archaic Put (something) in a specified place: stooping to bestow the presents into eager hands
More example sentences
  • She is about to cast them away, to bestow them onto some unsuspecting pedestrian far below.
  • Sea gulls screech over head, their noiseless chatter bestowing fresh fish onto the heads of tourists who know not how to treat a gull.


Middle English (in the sense 'use for, devote to'): from be- (as an intensifier) + Old English stōw 'place'.



Example sentences
  • Indeed, if my dear husband is reading, the previous sentence does not apply to you, as the regular bestowal of gifts is part of the marriage contract.
  • It has now become a rich and integral part of the fabric of communal life, acknowledged nationally on a number of occasions, by the bestowal of AIMS awards, the Oscars of the amateur musical stage.
  • The goddess is now depicted as a blind power, and hence as completely careless and indiscriminate in the bestowal of her gifts.

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