V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to give (something) as an honor or present; 2. to stow, pack, or store something (archaic use)

Synonyms: give, present, confer, grant, bequeath

Antonyms: take

Tips: Bestow is a formal word used to describe the official presentation of an award or some type of acknowledgement. In this case, bestow is often followed by the word "on" or "onto." (i.e: I bestow this award onto you.) Bestow can simply mean "to stow or pack something," but this usage is no longer common.

Usage Examples:

He was bestowed an honorary degree from the University for delivering a commencement speech to the graduates. (awarded, granted)

The President will bestow him with the Freedom Award. (present)

The title of Knight was bestowed on him by the Queen. (presented, conferred)

It is my honor to bestow on you the award for outstanding citizenship. (present, give)

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