Be·stow v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bestowed p. pr. & vb. n. Bestowing.]
1. 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. --Byron.
2. To use; to apply; to devote, as time or strength in some occupation.
3. To expend, as money. [Obs.]
4. To give or confer; to impart; -- with on or upon.
Empire is on us bestowed. --Cowper.
Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor. --1 Cor. xiii. 3.
5. To give in marriage.
I could have bestowed her upon a fine gentleman. --Tatler.
6. To demean; to conduct; to behave; -- followed by a reflexive pronoun. [Obs.]
How might we see Falstaff bestow himself to-night in his true colors, and not ourselves be seen ? --Shak.
Syn: -- To give; grant; present; confer; accord.
v 1: present; "The university conferred a degree on its most
famous former student, who never graduated"; "bestow an
honor on someone" [syn: confer]
2: give as a gift
3: 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" [syn: lend, impart, contribute,