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to present as a gift; give; confer (usually followed by on or upon):
The trophy was bestowed upon the winner.
to put to some use; apply:
Time spent in study is time well bestowed.

to provide quarters for; house; lodge.
to put; stow; deposit; store.

Contemporary Examples

Do you think I have charity to bestow, or a morsel of bread to spare?’
Charles Dickens’ Enduring Insights on Human Loss and Suffering David Frum February 17, 2013

Instead, they become fixated on someone unattainable, as if only the love of a highly desirable other can bestow self-esteem.
Hollywood’s Stalker Fetish Doreen Orion April 24, 2009

The rationale for the visit, after all, is explicitly symbolic: the president will bestow the Medal of Freedom on the chancellor.
Obama and Merkel Play Friends for the Cameras Russell A. Berman June 4, 2011

The question is: why were they about to bestow the award in the first place?
State Puts Brakes On Award To Anti-Semitic Tweeter Ali Gharib March 6, 2013

I bestow a wink or a wave, and they tell the story till they die.
The Way the Wind Blows Scott Simon December 20, 2008

Historical Examples

To qualify themselves for this they bestow their time, their money and their labor.
History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III) Various

The greatest honor history can bestow is the title of peacemaker.
United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches Various

I had a hobby-horse, which I rode constantly to fairy-land in quest of treasure to bestow upon my friends.
Hawthorne and His Circle Julian Hawthorne

Shall we hesitate to devote to him whatever he claims, or whatever we can bestow?
Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II Francis Augustus Cox

He had all that mere possessions could bestow, but always with a sense that Debrett, round the corner, was keeping an eye on him.
When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan

verb (transitive)
to present (a gift) or confer (an award or honour)
(archaic) to apply (energy, resources, etc)
(archaic) to house (a person) or store (goods)

early 14c., bistowen “give” (as alms, etc.), from be- + stowen “to place” (see stow). Related: Bestowed; bestowing; bestower.


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