- 1Confer or present (an honour, right, or gift): the office was bestowed on him by the monarch of this realmMore 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 handsMore 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.
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- 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.
Middle English (in the sense 'use for, devote to'): from be- (as an intensifier) + Old English stōw 'place'.