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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confer, bestow(verb)


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

  2. bestow(verb)

    give as a gift

  3. lend, impart, bestow, contribute, add, bring(verb)

    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. bestow(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From bestowen, bistowen, equivalent to .

  2. bestow(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From bestowen, bistowen, equivalent to .

  3. bestow(Verb)

    To dispose of.

    Etymology: From bestowen, bistowen, equivalent to .

  4. bestow(Verb)

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

    Medals were bestowed on the winning team.

    Etymology: From bestowen, bistowen, equivalent to .

  5. bestow(Verb)

    To give in marriage.

    Etymology: From bestowen, bistowen, equivalent to .

  6. bestow(Verb)

    To apply; make use of; use; employ.

    Etymology: From bestowen, bistowen, equivalent to .

  7. bestow(Verb)

    To behave or deport.

    Etymology: From bestowen, bistowen, equivalent to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bestow(verb)

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

  2. Bestow(verb)

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

  3. Bestow(verb)

    to expend, as money

  4. Bestow(verb)

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

  5. Bestow(verb)

    to give in marriage

  6. Bestow(verb)

    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. John Adams:

    I Pray Heaven to Bestow The Best of Blessing on THIS HOUSE, and on All that shall hereafter Inhabit it. May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under This Roof!

  2. Marcel Proust:

    Everything great that we know has come from neurotics never will the world be aware of how much it owes to them, nor above all what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it.

  3. Mitch McConnell:

    The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act offers the best chance for our constituents, through the Congress they elect, to weigh in on the White House's negotiations with Iran, these talks have devolved into something else altogether. Instead of ending Iran's nuclear program, the interim agreement would actually bestow international blessing for Iran to continue it.

  4. Alireza Salehi Nejad:

    Oh, Lord, bestow me with the power, that as much as I love her, I extinguish the need of loving her within me.

  5. Pierre Charron:

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

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    a numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed
    • A. value
    • B. transition
    • C. permutation
    • D. aspiration

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