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Bestow (third-person singular simple present Bestows, present participle Bestowing, simple past and past participle Bestowed)

  1. (transitive) To present something to someone as a gift or honour.

Adverbs for Bestow

gratuitously; felicitously; improperly; equally; facetiously; unwittingly; philanthropically; munincently; grudgingly.


accord, administer, afford, allot, allow, apply, award, bestow on, billet, board, bunk, communicate, confer, consecrate to, consume, deal, deal out, dedicate to, devote, dish out, dispense, dole, dole out, domicile, donate, dose, dose with, employ, enforce upon, entertain, exercise, expend, exploit, extend, force, force upon, fork out, gift, gift with, give, give away, give freely, give out, give over to, give to, grant, hand out, handle, harbor, heap, help to, house, impart, issue, lavish, lay on, let have, lodge, mete, mete out, mete out to, offer, pack, pass, pour, prescribe for, present, proffer, put in, put on, put up, put upon, quarter, rain, render, serve, shell out, shower, slip, snow, spend, store, tender, use, use up, utilize, vouchsafe, warehouse, while, while away, wile, yield


  • (US, UK) IPA: bɪˈstoʊ
  • Rhymes: -əʊ


From Middle English bistowen (be- + stowen)