Definition of bestow in English:

bestow

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Confer or present (an honor, right, or gift)

    ‘the office was bestowed on him by the chief of state’
    • ‘thank you for this honor that you have bestowed upon me’
    • ‘she bestowed her nicest smile on Jim’
    • ‘Lavish gifts are bestowed upon visitors, guests, and distant cousins alike.’
    • ‘Warmest congratulations to Jarlath on this very special honour which is being bestowed on him this weekend.’
    • ‘Too many honours have been bestowed on him, surely he should say enough is enough.’
    • ‘This is the first time this honour has been bestowed on a Councillor from the area.’
    • ‘It was the greatest honour that could be bestowed on her and she was very proud to be mayor.’
    • ‘Johnny is a complex man, working to come to terms with the haunting gift that has been bestowed upon him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many honours have been bestowed on this outstanding algebraist.’
    • ‘I would first like to thank the University for the honour it has bestowed upon me today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On accepting the honour bestowed on her by the Mayo Society, Mary received a standing ovation by all in attendance.’
    • ‘Her story deeply touches me, and I think she fully deserves the various titles and honours bestowed upon her.’
    • ‘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 are both very prestigious honours bestowed upon someone who had never even seen pole vault five years ago.’
    • ‘These were the only honours bestowed on this legendary maestro during his lifetime.’
    • ‘The Lord Lieutenant High Honour is bestowed once a year by the Lord Lieutenant of each county.’
    • ‘These awaken our appreciation for all the gifts God has bestowed upon us and remind us of how much God loves us.’
    • ‘We should count our blessings every day and take pleasure in the miraculous gifts bestowed upon us.’
    • ‘It is a gift, bestowed on relatively few people, and certainly not something to be mandated.’
    confer on, present to, award to, give, grant, vouchsafe, accord to, afford to
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Pronunciation

bestow

/bəˈstō/ /bəˈstoʊ/

Origin

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