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bestow


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bestow 
  v  1:  grant  a  bestow;  "bestow  an  honor  on  someone"  [syn:  {confer}] 
  2:  give  as  a  gift 
  3:  of  a  quality,  as  in:  "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}, 
  {add},  {bring}] 




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