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tr.v. be·stowed, be·stow·ing, be·stows
1. To present as a gift or an honor; confer: bestowed high praise on the winners.
2. To apply; use: "On Hester Prynne's story ... I bestowed much thought" (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
3. To place or stow: "He bestowed [the money] in his pockets with feigned composure" (James Joyce).
4. To store or house.

[Middle English bistowen : bi-, be- + stowen, to place; see stow.]

be·stow′a·ble adj.
be·stow′al, be·stow′ment n.
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Noun1.bestowment - a gift that is bestowed or conferredbestowment - a gift that is bestowed or conferred
gift - something acquired without compensation
2.bestowment - the act of conferring an honor or presenting a giftbestowment - the act of conferring an honor or presenting a gift
giving, gift - the act of giving


The act of conferring, as of an honor:
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For many of us on the other side of the desk, me included, the bestowment of this request is humbling.
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When it turned out to be true, I labeled the bestowment ridiculous.
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