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be·stow

 (bĭ-stō′)
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.

bestow

(bɪˈstəʊ)
vb (tr)
1. to present (a gift) or confer (an award or honour)
2. archaic to apply (energy, resources, etc)
3. archaic to house (a person) or store (goods)
beˈstowal, beˈstowment n
beˈstower n

be•stow

(bɪˈstoʊ)

v.t.
1. to present as a gift; confer.
2. to put to use; apply.
3.
a. to provide quarters for.
b. to stow.
[1275–1325]
be•stow′al, n.

bestow


Past participle: bestowed
Gerund: bestowing

Imperative
bestow
bestow
Present
I bestow
you bestow
he/she/it bestows
we bestow
you bestow
they bestow
Preterite
I bestowed
you bestowed
he/she/it bestowed
we bestowed
you bestowed
they bestowed
Present Continuous
I am bestowing
you are bestowing
he/she/it is bestowing
we are bestowing
you are bestowing
they are bestowing
Present Perfect
I have bestowed
you have bestowed
he/she/it has bestowed
we have bestowed
you have bestowed
they have bestowed
Past Continuous
I was bestowing
you were bestowing
he/she/it was bestowing
we were bestowing
you were bestowing
they were bestowing
Past Perfect
I had bestowed
you had bestowed
he/she/it had bestowed
we had bestowed
you had bestowed
they had bestowed
Future
I will bestow
you will bestow
he/she/it will bestow
we will bestow
you will bestow
they will bestow
Future Perfect
I will have bestowed
you will have bestowed
he/she/it will have bestowed
we will have bestowed
you will have bestowed
they will have bestowed
Future Continuous
I will be bestowing
you will be bestowing
he/she/it will be bestowing
we will be bestowing
you will be bestowing
they will be bestowing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bestowing
you have been bestowing
he/she/it has been bestowing
we have been bestowing
you have been bestowing
they have been bestowing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bestowing
you will have been bestowing
he/she/it will have been bestowing
we will have been bestowing
you will have been bestowing
they will have been bestowing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bestowing
you had been bestowing
he/she/it had been bestowing
we had been bestowing
you had been bestowing
they had been bestowing
Conditional
I would bestow
you would bestow
he/she/it would bestow
we would bestow
you would bestow
they would bestow
Past Conditional
I would have bestowed
you would have bestowed
he/she/it would have bestowed
we would have bestowed
you would have bestowed
they would have bestowed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bestow - presentbestow - present; "The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated"; "bestow an honor on someone"
award, present - give, especially as an honor or reward; "bestow honors and prizes at graduation"
miter - confer a miter on (a bishop)
bless - confer prosperity or happiness on
graduate - confer an academic degree upon; "This school graduates 2,000 students each year"
2.bestow - give as a giftbestow - give as a gift      
give - transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
3.bestow - bestow a quality onbestow - 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"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
factor - be a contributing factor; "make things factor into a company's profitability"
instill, transfuse - impart gradually; "Her presence instilled faith into the children"; "transfuse love of music into the students"
tinsel - impart a cheap brightness to; "his tinseled image of Hollywood"
throw in - add as an extra or as a gratuity

bestow

verb present, give, accord, award, grant, commit, hand out, lavish, confer, endow, entrust, impart, allot, honour with, apportion The Queen has bestowed a knighthood on him.
make, get, land, gain, net, earn, secure, obtain, acquire, attain, come by, procure

bestow

verb
1. To make a gift of:
2. To present as a gift to a charity or cause:
3. To give formally or officially:
4. To provide with often temporary lodging:
Translations
يَمْنَحُ، يَهِبُ، يُنْعِمُ عَلى
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skænketildele
lahjoittaamyöntääojentaasuoda
veita, gefa
suteikimassuteikti
piešķirt
ihsan etmekvermek

bestow

[bɪˈstəʊ] VT [+ title, honour] → conferir (on a) [+ affections] → ofrecer (on a) [+ compliment] → hacer (on a)

bestow

[bɪˈstəʊ] vt [+ favour] → accorder; [+ title] → conférer
to bestow sth on sb [+ honour, title] → conférer qch à qn
The Queen has bestowed a knighthood on him
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bestow

vt
jdm) (= grant, give) gift, attentionschenken; favour, friendship, kiss alsogewähren (geh); honourerweisen, zuteilwerden lassen (geh); title, medalverleihen
(old, = place) → verstauen, unterbringen

bestow

[bɪˈstəʊ] vt to bestow sth on sb (title) → conferire qc a qn; (honour, affections) → accordare qc a qn

bestow

(biˈstəu) verb
(with on) to give (especially a title, award etc) to someone. The Queen bestowed a knighthood on him.
beˈstowal noun
References in classic literature ?
When that is off we shall see how he regards the fair maid whose heart he cannot win, though her stern father bestows her hand," returned the troubadour.
There would be Judge Pyncheon, --a person eminent in the public view, of high station and great wealth, a philanthropist, a member of Congress and of the church, and intimately associated with whatever else bestows good name,--so imposing, in these advantageous lights, that Hepzibah herself could hardly help shrinking from her own conclusions as to his hollow integrity.
Real strength never impairs beauty or harmony, but it often bestows it; and in everything imposingly beautiful, strength has much to do with the magic.
Can I bear the consciousness that every endearment he bestows is a sacrifice made on principle?
Write to thy lord and lady and show thyself grateful to them, for ingratitude is the daughter of pride, and one of the greatest sins we know of; and he who is grateful to those who have been good to him shows that he will be so to God also who has bestowed and still bestows so many blessings upon him.
In the next place, it may be considered as an objection inherent in the principle, that as every appeal to the people would carry an implication of some defect in the government, frequent appeals would, in a great measure, deprive the government of that veneration which time bestows on every thing, and without which perhaps the wisest and freest governments would not possess the requisite stability.
de Villefort is not usually lavish of the favor which he now bestows on me, -- a favor which, however estimable, is unequal to the satisfaction which I have in my own consciousness.
Such are those to whom some state is given either for money or by the favour of him who bestows it; as happened to many in Greece, in the cities of Ionia and of the Hellespont, where princes were made by Darius, in order that they might hold the cities both for his security and his glory; as also were those emperors who, by the corruption of the soldiers, from being citizens came to empire.
A blanket of scarlet, or some other bright color, hangs from his shoulders, and is girt around his waist with a red sash, in which he bestows his pistols, knife, and the stem of his Indian pipe; preparations either for peace or war.
On one He bestows strength to slay Emirs; another He causes to go mad and wander in the sun, like the afflicted sons of Melik-meid.
But at least there was no inconsiderable skill of hand, nor a deficiency of any attribute to render them really works of art, except that deep quality, be it of soul or intellect, which bestows life upon the lifeless and warmth upon the cold, and which, had it been present, would have made Drowne's wooden image instinct with spirit.
Chadband, untwisting the point with his dirty thumb-nail, bestows an oily smile on Mr.