[ UK /bɪstˈə‍ʊ/ ]
[ US /bɪˈstoʊ/ ]
  1. present
    The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated
    bestow an honor on someone
  2. bestow a quality on
    The music added a lot to the play
    She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings
    This adds a light note to the program
    Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company
  3. give as a gift
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How To Use bestow In A Sentence

  • It was the policy of the good old gentlemen to make his chileren feel that home was the happiest place in the world; and I value this delicious home---feeling as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow
  • Now Tyndareus bestowed me on thy father not that I or any children I might bear should be slain. Electra
  • He considers the mode of assorting the cards in each hand; often counting trump by trump, and honor by honor, through the glances bestowed by their holders upon each. The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • She said, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that when Kamar al-Zaman, son of King Shahriman, went to the Hammam, his father in his joy at this event freed the prisoners, and presented splendid dresses to his grandees and bestowed large alm-gifts upon the poor and bade decorate the city seven days. The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
  • To begin with the surface is coherent – now and again she smiles sadly at the charm he manages to bestow on that foul-smelling tannery – but as she turns the pages she sees it start to break down. Rachel Cusk | Portraits
  • Everything was explained in it -- everything made clear; and gradually she realised the natural, strong and pardonable craving of the rich, unloved man, to seek out for himself some means whereby he might leave all his world's gainings to one whose kindness to him had not been measured by any knowledge of his wealth, but which had been bestowed upon him solely for simple love's sake. The Treasure of Heaven A Romance of Riches
  • I thought I could bestow beauty like a benediction and that your half-dark flesh would answer to the prayer.
  • Gregory's procedure was little less revolutionary than that of the King, but the claim to depose might appear as only a concomitant to the power already wielded by Popes in bestowing crowns, while for Gregory it had by this time become the copingstone in the fabric of those relations between Church and State which he and his party were building up. The Church and the Empire, Being an Outline of the History of the Church from A.D. 1003 to A.D. 1304
  • Commander of the Faithful, Abd al-Malik bin Marwan, who hath heard tell of the lord Solomon, son of David (on whom be peace!) and of that which the Most High bestowed upon him of supreme dominion; how he held sway over Jinn and beast and bird and was wont when he was wroth with one of the Marids, to shut him in a cucurbite of brass and, stopping its mouth on him with lead, whereon he impressed his seal ring, to cast him into the sea of Al – Karkar. The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
  • Warmest congratulations to Jarlath on this very special honour which is being bestowed on him this weekend.
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