Bestow

Definition of Bestow

Be`stow´
v. t.1.To lay up in store; to deposit for safe keeping; to stow; to place; to put.
[imp. & p. p. Bestowed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bestowing.]
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.
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.
How might we see Falstaff bestow himself to-night in his true colors, and not ourselves be seen ?
- Shak.

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