Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb bestow

3 senses of bestow

Sense 1
confer, bestow -- (present; "The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated"; "bestow an honor on someone")
       => award, present -- (give, especially as an honor or reward; "bestow honors and prizes at graduation")

Sense 2
bestow -- (give as a gift)
       => give -- (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")

Sense 3
lend, impart, bestow, contribute, add, bring -- (bestow a quality on; "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")
       => change, alter, modify -- (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")

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