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bestow

be·stow

bestow

 
pronunciation:
b sto
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bestowed, bestowing, bestows
definition 1: to give, as a gift or award (usu. fol. by on).
Many honors were bestowed on the champion.The king bestowed vast tracts of land upon his nobles.The committee bestowed upon her its highest award.
synonyms:
confer, gift, give, grant, impart, present
similar words:
accord, award, bequeath, consign, donate, hand, pay
definition 2: to use or apply.
He bestowed much time and labor on the great social problems of his age.
synonyms:
apply, employ, expend, spend, use, utilize
similar words:
consume, devote, exercise, exploit, occupy, put
derivation: bestowal (n.)
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The word bestow contains the following part:
be- Old English prefix that means to cover or surround with; to act on or change another.
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The prefix be- forms verbs from nouns and verbs.