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Definition of BESTOW

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Bestow \Be*stow"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bestowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bestowing}.] [OE. bestowen; pref. be- + stow a place. See {Stow}.]
     1. To lay up in store; to deposit for safe keeping; to stow; to place; to put. "He bestowed it in a pouch." --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

              See that the women are bestowed in safety. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

     2. To use; to apply; to devote, as time or strength in some occupation. [1913 Webster]

     3. To expend, as money. [Obs.]
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     4. To give or confer; to impart; -- with on or upon. [1913 Webster]

              Empire is on us bestowed.             --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

              Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor. --1 Cor. xiii. 3. [1913 Webster]

     5. To give in marriage.
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              I could have bestowed her upon a fine gentleman.
                                                    --Tatler. [1913 Webster]

     6. To demean; to conduct; to behave; -- followed by a reflexive pronoun. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              How might we see Falstaff bestow himself to-night in his true colors, and not ourselves be seen ? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: To give; grant; present; confer; accord.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

92 Moby Thesaurus words for "bestow":
     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


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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