• WordNet 3.6
    • v bestow present "The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated","bestow an honor on someone"
    • v bestow give as a gift
    • v bestow bestow a quality on "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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first far eastern country to permit kissing in films was China. The first oriental screen kiss was bestowed on Miss Mamie Lee in the movie "Two Women in the House" (China, 1926).
    • Bestow To demean; to conduct; to behave; -- followed by a reflexive pronoun. "How might we see Falstaff bestow himself to-night in his true colors, and not ourselves be seen ?"
    • Bestow To expend, as money.
    • Bestow To give in marriage. "I could have bestowed her upon a fine gentleman."
    • Bestow To give or confer; to impart; -- with on or upon. "Empire is on us bestowed .""Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor."
    • Bestow To lay up in store; to deposit for safe keeping; to stow; to place; to put. "He bestowed it in a pouch.""See that the women are bestowed in safety."
    • Bestow To use; to apply; to devote, as time or strength in some occupation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bestow To lay up in store; deposit for safe keeping; stow; place.
    • bestow To lodge, or find quarters for; provide with accommodation.
    • bestow To dispose of.
    • bestow To give; confer; impart gratuitously: followed by on or upon before the recipient: as, to bestow praise or blame impartially.
    • bestow To give in marriage.
    • bestow To apply; make use of; use; employ.
    • bestow To behave or deport.
    • bestow Synonyms Confer, Grant, etc. See give.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bestow be-stō′ to stow, place, or put by: to give or confer: to accommodate with quarters: to apply (with on and upon):
    • v.t Bestow be-stō′ (refl., Shak.) to acquit one's self
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  • Hannah Arendt
    “Death not merely ends life, it also bestows upon it a silent completeness, snatched from the hazardous flux to which all things human are subject.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Forgetfulness. A gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience.”
  • Thomas Morell
    Thomas Morell
    “The first great gift we can bestow on others is a good example.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “What gift has providence bestowed on man that is so dear to him as his children?”
  • John Bunyan
    “He who bestows his goods upon the poor shall have as much again, and ten times more.”
  • Arthur Rimbaud
    “Only divine love bestows the keys of knowledge.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bestowen,; pref. be-, + stow, a place. See Stow


In literature:

At Genoa, he honored Doria with many marks of distinction, and bestowed upon the republic new privileges.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
So much, then, for the first point; now, in the second place, note the one divine act by which all these blessings have been bestowed.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The mode of defence bestowed on the skunk is somewhat similar to that employed by the cuttle-fish, which emits a dark liquor when pursued.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The utmost care was bestowed upon the training and education of the children.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
The gods had deprived him of sight, but had bestowed upon him the gift of song.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
Your answer shows that you have never bestowed attention on the care of young people.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
He hath bestowed it on Sir Robert Carr.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
The Lord himself of his own good pleasure bestowed them.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
Whatever most health-bestowing drug the patient may take would bestow anything but health were it taken undiluted.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
During this second visit Cook bestowed the name of Friendly Islands upon this group, no doubt with a sarcastic meaning.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne

In poetry:

Let drops of the spirit
To join them now flow;
Life to the living
Naught else can bestow.
"Punch Song" by Friedrich von Schiller
For thy glory fair
We should face the foe,
And thy freedom guarding
Glad our lives bestow!
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
Science another name bestows
On that ill-fated spot:
'Tis this I wish you to disclose--
The former matters not.
"Enigma XXVI." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Here is our garden that sips
Sweets that the May bestows,
Breath of laburnum lips,
Breath of the lilac and rose.
"Sundown" by Thomas MacDonagh
Thine image, Lord, bestow,
Thy presence and thy love;
I ask to serve thee here below,
And reign with thee above.
"Ask What I Shall Give Thee (III)" by John Newton
She guides the young, with innocence
In pleasure's path to tread;
A crown of glory she bestows
Upon the hoary head.
"Heavenly Wisdom" by John Logan

In news:

It is customary during the Thanksgiving season for individuals to express their gratitude for the blessings (great and small) bestowed upon them.
The Fashion Institute of Technology recently bestowed student Chastity Farrell with the first Friedman LLP Entrepreneurship Scholarship.
The 12 tribes of Genesis represent God's servant Jacob, who bestowed an absolute spiritual, prophetic blessing on the 12 tribes of Israel in Genesis 49:28.
Burma's democracy leader, Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi received the Congressional Gold Medal , the highest honor Congress can bestow, at a ceremony Sept 19 in the US Capitol Rotunda.
Amid its descriptions of trials and testings, the book of James reveals the bestowing of God's wisdom and grace for every circumstance.
Now, as the holiday season approaches, we should give thanks to the tea party for the blessings it has bestowed on our nation.
The award bestows national recognition upon grounds manicured with a high degree of excellence.
It's not a particularly flattering nickname for a high school football player, but it was bestowed on the freshman quarterback lovingly.
This we know about Texas drivers: They have deep-seated ideas about their rights to the road, as if those were somehow bestowed in the state constitution.
You can't buy it, have it bestowed or feel entitled to it.
The five heirs to the $11.5 billion SC Johnson cleaning product fortune employ about 10% of the population, as well as bestowing their great wealth on reviving an area blighted by the decline of industry.
Hedrick Smith reminds us that Henry Ford had the reputation of a caring capitalist after bestowing on his workers the "unheard-of wage of $5 a day" in 1914.
A treat was bestowed on this sportswriter this past weekend.
Fifty years after becoming the first US astronaut to orbit the Earth, John Glenn will be bestowed with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor.
First Lady Michelle Obama bestowed Knoll with a Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Corporate and Institutional Achievement—a well-deserved honor.

In science:

One has to look for adequate approaches to the problem of ferroelectric memory and, unfortunately, Ref. , with a true faith bestowed on numerical results without doing a qualitative analysis, does not help but rather grossly misleads this effort. A.M.
Comment on ``Elastic Stabilization of a Single-Domain Ferroelectric State in Nanoscale Capacitors and Tunnel Junctions" [N.A. Pertsev and H. Kohlstedt, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 257603 (2007).]
It is complicated enough that we bestow upon it a separate lemma.
Primitive ideals of noetherian generalized down-up algebras
These inertial coordinates in turn can be used to set apart a point q from a point p of a manifold, bestowing a priori spatio-temporal individuality to the points of the manifold (Wald 1984).
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
Having the outer disc heated by the stream impact and tidal torques bestows a bonus: narrow and wide outbursts which are observed in Z Cam (Oppenheimer et al. 1998).
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients
Above, we argued that flux compactifications may allow to fix most or all of the complex structure moduli: the fluxes threading internal cycles bestow an energy cost on the variation of previously unfixed geometric parameters.
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology