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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Be*stow"
  1. 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.]
  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.]
    synonyms: To give; grant; present; confer; accord.

Etymology: OE. bestowen; pref. be- + stow a place. See Stow

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Present ("bestow an honor on someone")
  2. Give as a gift
  3. Bestow a quality on

From Middle English bestowen, bistowen, equivalent to be- (“on, over, about”) +‎ stow. Cognate to Dutch bestouwen, bestuwen.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Bestow

Samuel L. Bestow was a 16th Lieutenant Governor of Iowa. Samuel was born on March 8th, 1823 in Erie County, New York. He left this life on January 10th, 1907.


Fun Facts about the name Bestow

  • How unique is the name Bestow? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Bestow was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
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Past life for Bestow born Sep 27, 1926

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Tibet approximately on 1475. Your profession was artist, magician, and fortune teller.

Psychologically, you had a Bohemian personality - mysterious, highly gifted, capable of understanding ancient books. Magical abilities, could be a servant of dark forces. The timid, lonely and self-confident people are everywhere, and your problem - to overcome these tendencies in yourself and then to help other people.

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