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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.