) KEY TRANSITIVE VERB: be·stowed
- To present as a gift or an honor; confer: bestowed high praise on the winners.
- To apply; use: "On Hester Prynne's story . . . I bestowed much thought" (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
- To place or stow: "He bestowed [the money]in his pockets with feigned composure" (James Joyce).
- To store or house.
Middle English bistowen
, to place
; see stowOTHER FORMS:be·stowa·ble(Adjective)