AskDefine | Define bestow

Dictionary Definition

bestow

Verb

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, add, bring]

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology

bistowen (be- + stowen)

Verb

  1. to present something to someone as a gift or honour
    Medals were bestowed on the winning team.

Translations

to present a thing as a gift or honour

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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