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be·stow  audio  (b-st) KEY 

TRANSITIVE VERB:
be·stowed, be·stow·ing, be·stows
  1. To present as a gift or an honor; confer: bestowed high praise on the winners.
  2. To apply; use: "On Hester Prynne's story . . . I bestowed much thought" (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
  3. To place or stow: "He bestowed [the money]in his pockets with feigned composure" (James Joyce).
  4. To store or house.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English bistowen : bi-, be- + stowen, to place ; see stow

OTHER FORMS:
be·stowa·ble(Adjective), be·stowal or be·stowment(Noun)


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