Definitions for bestow
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word bestow.
"The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated"; "bestow an honor on someone"
give as a gift
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"
To lay up in store; deposit for safe keeping; stow; place.
To lodge, or find quarters for; provide with accommodation.
To dispose of.
To give; confer; impart gratuitously; present something to someone as a gift or honour.
Medals were bestowed on the winning team.
To give in marriage.
To apply; make use of; use; employ.
To behave or deport.
Etymology: From bestowen, bistowen, equivalent to.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: besteden, Dutch.
All men would willingly have yielded him praise; but his nature was such as to bestow it upon himself, before any could give it. Philip Sidney.
All the dedicate things of the house of the Lord did they bestow upon Baalim. 2 Chron. xxiv. 7.
Sir Julius Cæsar had, in his office, the disposition of the six clarks places; which he had bestowed to such persons as he thought fit. Edward Hyde.
Our Saviour doth plainly witness, that there should not be as much as a cup of cold water bestowed for his sake, without reward. Richard Hooker, b. ii. § 8.
And though he was unsatisfied in getting,
Which was a sin; yet in bestowing, madam,
He was most princely. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.
Spain to your gift alone her Indies owes;
For what the pow’rful takes not, he bestows. Dryden.
You always exceed expectations: as if yours was not your own, but to bestow on wanting merit. John Dryden, Fables, Ded.
Good rev’rend father, make my person yours;
And tell me how you would bestow yourself. William Shakespeare.
I could have bestowed her upon a fine gentleman, who extremely admired her. Tatler, №. 75.
Pure oil and incense on the fire they throw,
And fat of victims which his friends bestow. Dryden.
The sea was not the duke of Marlborough’s element; otherwise the whole force of the war would infallibly have been bestowed there. Jonathan Swift.
And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, for sheep, or for wine. Deut. xiv. 26.
And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house. 2 Kings, v. 24.
Bestow generally means to give or confer something, often in a formal or ceremonious manner. It can refer to presenting a gift, an honor, or a right to someone.
to lay up in store; to deposit for safe keeping; to stow; to place; to put
to use; to apply; to devote, as time or strength in some occupation
to expend, as money
to give or confer; to impart; -- with on or upon
to give in marriage
to demean; to conduct; to behave; -- followed by a reflexive pronoun
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.
The numerical value of bestow in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of bestow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
The attempt to silence a man is the greatest honor you can bestow on him. It means that you recognize his superiority to yourself.
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.
And since mothers bestow life, and women keep the world [together], let us all make greater efforts to promote mothers and to protect women.
Ensuring that children can regulate their emotions during stressful moments may be the single greatest legacy for mental health you can bestow upon them, the ability to remain connected and engaged during moments of disagreement or fear is by far the best buffering against aggressive tendencies.
He who receives a benefit should never forget it he who bestow should never remember it.
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