verb (used with object)

  1. to present as a gift; give; confer (usually followed by on or upon): The trophy was bestowed upon the winner.
  2. to put to some use; apply: Time spent in study is time well bestowed.
  3. Archaic.
    1. to provide quarters for; house; lodge.
    2. to put; stow; deposit; store.

verb (tr)

  1. to present (a gift) or confer (an award or honour)
  2. archaic to apply (energy, resources, etc)
  3. archaic to house (a person) or store (goods)

early 14c., bistowen “give” (as alms, etc.), from be- + stowen “to place” (see stow). Related: Bestowed; bestowing; bestower.

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