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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confer, bestowverb


    "The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated"; "bestow an honor on someone"

  2. bestowverb

    give as a gift

  3. lend, impart, bestow, contribute, add, bringverb

    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"


  1. bestowverb

    To lay up in store; deposit for safe keeping; stow; place.

  2. bestowverb

    To lodge, or find quarters for; provide with accommodation.

  3. bestowverb

    To dispose of.

  4. bestowverb

    To give; confer; impart gratuitously; present something to someone as a gift or honour.

    Medals were bestowed on the winning team.

  5. bestowverb

    To give in marriage.

  6. bestowverb

    To apply; make use of; use; employ.

  7. bestowverb

    To behave or deport.

  8. Etymology: From bestowen, bistowen, equivalent to.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bestowverb

    to lay up in store; to deposit for safe keeping; to stow; to place; to put

  2. Bestowverb

    to use; to apply; to devote, as time or strength in some occupation

  3. Bestowverb

    to expend, as money

  4. Bestowverb

    to give or confer; to impart; -- with on or upon

  5. Bestowverb

    to give in marriage

  6. Bestowverb

    to demean; to conduct; to behave; -- followed by a reflexive pronoun

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bestow

    be-stō′, v.t. to stow, place, or put by: to give or confer: to accommodate with quarters: to apply (with on and upon): (refl., Shak.) to acquit one's self.—ns. Bestow′al, act of bestowing: disposal; Bestow′er; Bestow′ment.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bestow in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bestow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of bestow in a Sentence

  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquillity which religion is powerless to bestow.

  2. William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne:

    Wealth is so much the greatest good that Fortune has to bestow that in the Latin and English languages it has usurped her name.

  3. Pope Francis:

    And since mothers bestow life, and women keep the world [together], let us all make greater efforts to promote mothers and to protect women.

  4. Saint Augustine:

    You (God) have not only commanded continence, that is, from what things we are to restrain our love, but also justice, that is, on what we are to bestow our love.

  5. Pierre Charron:

    He who receives a benefit should never forget it he who bestow should never remember it.

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