bestow /bɪˈstəʊ/


I. verb [with obj.]

1. confer or present (an honour, right, or gift)

the office was bestowed on him by the monarch of this realm.
‹archaic› put (something) in a specified place

stooping to bestow the presents into eager hands.
II. derivatives

bestowal /bɪˈstəʊəl /

– origin Middle English (in the sense ‘use for, devote to’): from be- (as an intensifier) + Old English stōw ‘place’.

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