- To lay up in store; to deposit for safe keeping; to stow; to place; to put."He bestowedit in a pouch." [Sir W. Scott.]"See that the women are bestowed in safety." [Byron.]
- To use; to apply; to devote, as time or strength in some occupation.
- To expend, as money.(Obs)
- 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.]
- To give in marriage."I could have bestowed her upon a fine gentleman." [Tatler.]
- 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.]synonyms: To give; grant; present; confer; accord.
Etymology: OE. bestowen; pref. be- + stow a place. See Stow