Definition of bestow verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bestow

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//bɪˈstəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈstoʊ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bestow
BrE BrE//bɪˈstəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈstoʊ//
 
he / she / it bestows
BrE BrE//bɪˈstəʊz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈstoʊz//
 
past simple bestowed
BrE BrE//bɪˈstəʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈstoʊd//
 
past participle bestowed
BrE BrE//bɪˈstəʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈstoʊd//
 
-ing form bestowing
BrE BrE//bɪˈstəʊɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈstoʊɪŋ//
 
 
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bestow something (on/upon somebody) (formal) to give something to somebody, especially to show how much they are respected It was a title bestowed upon him by the king. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘use for, devote to’): from be- (as an intensifier) + Old English stōw ‘place’.
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