Definition of bestow in English:

bestow

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Confer or present (an honour, right, or gift)

    ‘the office was bestowed on him by the monarch of this realm’
    • ‘On accepting the honour bestowed on her by the Mayo Society, Mary received a standing ovation by all in attendance.’
    • ‘This is the first time this honour has been bestowed on a Councillor from the area.’
    • ‘Johnny is a complex man, working to come to terms with the haunting gift that has been bestowed upon him.’
    • ‘Many honours have been bestowed on this outstanding algebraist.’
    • ‘The Lord Lieutenant High Honour is bestowed once a year by the Lord Lieutenant of each county.’
    • ‘It was the greatest honour that could be bestowed on her and she was very proud to be mayor.’
    • ‘It is a gift, bestowed on relatively few people, and certainly not something to be mandated.’
    • ‘Her story deeply touches me, and I think she fully deserves the various titles and honours bestowed upon her.’
    • ‘These awaken our appreciation for all the gifts God has bestowed upon us and remind us of how much God loves us.’
    • ‘Warmest congratulations to Jarlath on this very special honour which is being bestowed on him this weekend.’
    • ‘They are gifts bestowed on us at milestone birthdays and in retirement.’
    • ‘At the time this honour had only been bestowed on 20 leading obstetricians in the world.’
    • ‘I would first like to thank the University for the honour it has bestowed upon me today.’
    • ‘We should count our blessings every day and take pleasure in the miraculous gifts bestowed upon us.’
    • ‘Both men were well worthy of the honour bestowed on them and should be an example to others to put in the same effort in their native place.’
    • ‘These were the only honours bestowed on this legendary maestro during his lifetime.’
    • ‘Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.’
    • ‘Too many honours have been bestowed on him, surely he should say enough is enough.’
    • ‘Lavish gifts are bestowed upon visitors, guests, and distant cousins alike.’
    • ‘These are both very prestigious honours bestowed upon someone who had never even seen pole vault five years ago.’
    confer on, present to, award to, give, grant, vouchsafe, accord to, afford to
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    1. 1.1archaic Put (something) in a specified place.
      ‘stooping to bestow the presents into eager hands’
      • ‘Sea gulls screech over head, their noiseless chatter bestowing fresh fish onto the heads of tourists who know not how to treat a gull.’
      • ‘She is about to cast them away, to bestow them onto some unsuspecting pedestrian far below.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘use for, devote to’): from be- (as an intensifier) + Old English stōw ‘place’.

Pronunciation

bestow

/bɪˈstəʊ/