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Meaning of BESTOW

Pronunciation:  bi'stow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  present; "The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated"; "bestow an honor on someone"
  2. [v]  give as a gift
  3. [v]  of a quality, as in; "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"

BESTOW is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: add, bring, confer, contribute, impart, lend
 See Also: alter, award, bless, change, give, graduate, instill, miter, present, throw in, tinsel, transfuse



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Be*stow"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bestowed}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Bestowing}.] [OE. bestowen; pref. be- + stow a place. See
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.

         See that the women are bestowed in safety. --Byron.

2. To use; to apply; to devote, as time or strength in some

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.

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.

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