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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
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The act of conferring, as of an honor:
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Rather than a bestowment from patrician politicians seeking to salvage capitalism from the turmoil of the Great Depression, concerted labour militancy, coupled with broad community support, leveraged the partial reforms represented in the Wagner Act and related measures.
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Both acts of 'giving the brooch'--to Bessie as a child by Christabel Pankhurst and to Margaret Thatcher by Bessie as an adult--illustrate the symbolic value attached to the Boadicea brooch as well as the attendant ritual performativity inherent in rites of bestowment.
A number of scholars note the peculiar contrast between Emma's apparent lack of maternal instinct towards her own child and her dramatic bestowment of maternal affections towards her lover Leon (see, e.g., Gallagher; Johnson; Segal).
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