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Definitions of bestow

  1. To lay up in store; to deposit for safe keeping; to stow; to place; to put. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To use; to apply; to devote, as time or strength in some occupation. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To expend, as money. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To give in marriage. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To give or confer; to impart; - with on or upon. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To demean; to conduct; to behave; - followed by a reflexive pronoun. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To lay up in store; deposit in safe keeping; use or apply; give or confer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To stow, place, or put by: to give or confer: to apply. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To give; to confer. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. To confer as a gift; with on or upon; present. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To use; apply. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. of a quality, as in; "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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. present; "The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated"; "bestow an honor on someone" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. To give; to confer; to give in marriage; to apply or make use of; to lay up or deposit for safe keeping. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. To give; to confer; to apply; to impart. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Bestowable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for bestow

  1. Frederic had consented to bestow Isabella on him. – The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
  2. Let me see the loving pair, and bestow my blessing, on the instant!" – The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas by James Fenimore Cooper
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