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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bestow \Be*stow"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Bestowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bestowing}.] [OE. bestowen; pref. be- + stow a place. See {Stow}.]

1. To lay up in store; to deposit for safe keeping; to stow; to place; to put. "He bestowed it in a pouch." --Sir W. Scott.

See that the women are bestowed in safety. --Byron.

2. To use; to apply; to devote, as time or strength in some occupation.

3. To expend, as money. [Obs.]

4. To give or confer; to impart; -- with on or upon.

Empire is on us bestowed. --Cowper.

Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor. --1 Cor. xiii. 3.

5. To give in marriage.

I could have bestowed her upon a fine gentleman. --Tatler.

6. To demean; to conduct; to behave; -- followed by a reflexive pronoun. [Obs.]

How might we see Falstaff bestow himself to-night in his true colors, and not ourselves be seen ? --Shak.

Syn: To give; grant; present; confer; accord.

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