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Definition 1: present - [verb of possession]

Samples where bestow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated
  • bestow an honor on someone

Synonyms for bestow in the sense of this definition

(bestow is a kind of ...) give, especially as an honor or reward

"bestow honors and prizes at graduation"

(... is a kind of bestow ) confer a miter on (a bishop)

(... is a kind of bestow ) confer prosperity or happiness on

(... is a kind of bestow ) confer an academic degree upon

"This school graduates 2,000 students each year"

Definition 2: bestow a quality on - [verb of possession]

Samples where bestow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company
  • The music added a lot to the play
  • She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings
  • This adds a light note to the program

Synonyms for bestow in the sense of this definition

(bestow is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of bestow ) be a contributing factor

"make things factor into a company's profitability"

(... is a kind of bestow ) impart gradually

"Her presence instilled faith into the children" "transfuse love of music into the students"

(... is a kind of bestow ) impart a cheap brightness to

"his tinseled image of Hollywood"

(... is a kind of bestow ) add as an extra or as a gratuity

Definition 3: give as a gift - [verb of possession]

(bestow is a kind of ...) transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

"I gave her my money" "can you give me lessons?" "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"

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