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BESTOW

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bestow mean? 

BESTOW (verb)
  The verb BESTOW has 3 senses:

1. present
2. give as a gift
3. bestow a quality on

  Familiarity information: BESTOW used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BESTOW (verb)


Sense 1bestow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Present

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

bestow; confer

Context examples:

The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated / bestow an honor on someone

Hypernyms (to "bestow" is one way to...):

award; present (give, especially as an honor or reward)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bestow"):

miter (confer a miter on (a bishop))

bless (confer prosperity or happiness on)

graduate (confer an academic degree upon)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something on somebody


Sense 2bestow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give as a gift

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Hypernyms (to "bestow" is one way to...):

give (transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something on somebody


Sense 3bestow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bestow a quality on

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

contribute; lend; impart; add; bestow; bring

Context examples:

Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company / The music added a lot to the play / She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings / This adds a light note to the program

Hypernyms (to "bestow" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bestow"):

instill; transfuse (impart gradually)

tinsel (impart a cheap brightness to)

throw in (add as an extra or as a gratuity)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody


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