To lay up in store; to deposit for safe keeping; to stow; to place; to put.
- 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.