(Be*stow") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bestowed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Bestowing.] [OE. bestowen; pref.
be- + stow a place. See Stow.]
1. To lay up in store; to deposit for safe keeping; to stow; to place; to put. "He bestowed it in a pouch." Sir
See that the women are bestowed in safety.
2. To use; to apply; to devote, as time or strength in some occupation.
3. To expend, as money. [Obs.]
4. To give or confer; to impart; with on or upon.
Empire is on us bestowed.
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.
6. To demean; to conduct; to behave; followed by a reflexive pronoun. [Obs.]
How might we see Falstaff bestow himself to-night in his true colors, and not ourselves be seen ?
Syn. To give; grant; present; confer; accord.
(Be*stow"al) n. The act of bestowing; disposal.
(Be*stow"er) n. One that bestows.
1. The act of giving or bestowing; a conferring or bestowal.
If we consider this bestowment of gifts in this view.
2. That which is given or bestowed.
They almost refuse to give due praise and credit to God's own bestowments.
(Be*strad"dle) v. t. To bestride.
(Be*straught") a. [Pref. be- + straught; prob. here used for distraught.] Out of one's
senses; distracted; mad. [Obs.] Shak.
(Be*streak") v. t. To streak.
(Be*strew") v. t. [imp. Bestrewed ; p. p. Bestrewed, Bestrown ; p. pr. & vb. n. Bestrewing.]
To strew or scatter over; to besprinkle. [Spelt also bestrow.] Milton.
(Be*stride") v. t. [imp. Bestrode (Obs. or R.) Bestrid ; p. p. Bestridden Bestrid, Bestrode;
p. pr. & vb. n. Bestriding.] [AS. bestridan; pref. be- + stridan to stride.]