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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bestowal - the act of conferring an honor or presenting a giftbestowal - the act of conferring an honor or presenting a gift
giving, gift - the act of giving
2.bestowal - a gift that is bestowed or conferredbestowal - a gift that is bestowed or conferred
gift - something acquired without compensation


The act of conferring, as of an honor:
مَنْح، عَطاء، هِبَه، إنْعامٌ عَلى


[bɪˈstəʊəl] N [of title, honour] → otorgamiento m; [of money, gifts] → donación f; [of affections] → ofrecimiento m


nan +acc) (of gift)Schenken nt; (of favour, friendship, kiss)Gewähren nt; (of honour)Erweisen f; (of title, medal)Verleihung f


(biˈstəu) verb
(with on) to give (especially a title, award etc) to someone. The Queen bestowed a knighthood on him.
beˈstowal noun
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Stryver having made up his mind to that magnanimous bestowal of good fortune on the Doctor's daughter, resolved to make her happiness known to her before he left town for the Long Vacation.
Sowerberry to Oliver, had consisted of a profuse bestowal upon him of all the dirty odds and ends which nobody else would eat; so there was a great deal of meekness and self-devotion in her voluntarily remaining under Mr.
Some day, he told himself, the fide of things political will turn in my favor and the years of ineffectual service count big in the bestowal of rewards.
And here comes in at once the bestowal of rewards upon his squire and all who have aided him in rising to so exalted a rank.
That merry stamping, that gracious nodding of the head, that waving bestowal of the hand--where can we see them now?
During the four years of their control of the government he remained in London on intimate terms with them, especially with Bolingbroke and Harley, exercising a very large advisory share in the bestowal of places of all sorts and in the general conduct of affairs.
His outraged self-esteem seized the opportunity of vindicating Mercy by a public bestowal of the gift.
you women, you can get what you want by the bestowal of a few favors.
Each step in the ritual sounds like something straight out of a medieval novel, starting with the Purification, where the chalice is bathed in cold water to reach the same temperature as the beer, until the Bestowal, when the beer is served on a coaster with a drip catcher at the base.
The bestowal of the exhibits was marked in a formal Memorandum of
who fell in action in France on 27th July 1917 after having performed Glorious deeds of personal valour and devotion to duty which gained him the recognition of his Sovereign in the bestowal of the Victoria Cross, the most coveted of all honours and the symbol of that supremely unselfish courage hich has ever been the ideal of the British Army.
Normally, the bestowal of an undergraduate award, even at an august institution like Yale, is of interest to no one beyond the recipients, their classmates, and their families.