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bestow something on someone

to give something to someone; to present something to someone. The mere presence of the queen bestowed wisdom and grace on the court. Fine gifts were bestowed on the visiting prince.
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He stopped at the outer door to bestow the greetings of the season on the clerk, who cold as he was, was warmer than Scrooge; for he returned them cordially.
At present, and until something turns up (which I am, I may say, hourly expecting), I have nothing to bestow but advice.
At last we reached Balsora, whence I hastened to Bagdad, where my first action was to bestow large sums of money upon the poor, after which I settled down to enjoy tranquilly the riches I had gained with so much toil and pain.
You must, therefore, pardon the freedom with which I demand your attention; your feelings, I know, will bestow it unwillingly, but I demand it of your justice.
We can receive anything from love, for that is a way of receiving it from ourselves; but not from any one who assumes to bestow.
In transcribing his notes and fortifying their claim to attention by giving them something of an orderly arrangement, I have conscientiously refrained from embellishing them with such small ornaments of diction as I may have felt myself able to bestow, which would not only have been impertinent, even if pleasing, but would have given me a somewhat closer relation to the work than I should care to have and to avow.
1-5) Hestia, you who tend the holy house of the lord Apollo, the Far-shooter at goodly Pytho, with soft oil dripping ever from your locks, come now into this house, come, having one mind with Zeus the all-wise -- draw near, and withal bestow grace upon my song.
It is no wonder that in an age when this kind of merit is so little in fashion, and so slenderly provided for, persons possessed of it should very eagerly flock to a place where they were sure of being received with great complaisance; indeed, where they might enjoy almost the same advantages of a liberal fortune as if they were entitled to it in their own right; for Mr Allworthy was not one of those generous persons who are ready most bountifully to bestow meat, drink, and lodging on men of wit and learning, for which they expect no other return but entertainment, instruction, flattery, and subserviency; in a word, that such persons should be enrolled in the number of domestics, without wearing their master's cloathes, or receiving wages.
Insatiably striveth your soul for treasures and jewels, because your virtue is insatiable in desiring to bestow.
Much as they were attached to each other, they seemed to draw inexhaustible stores of affection from a very mine of love to bestow them upon me.
A blanket of scarlet, or some other bright color, hangs from his shoulders, and is girt around his waist with a red sash, in which he bestows his pistols, knife, and the stem of his Indian pipe; preparations either for peace or war.
According to an official notification issued by the AJK government late Saturday, the President of AJK has been pleased to accord approval to bestow Quaid-e-Azam Police Medal and President Police Medal along with the cash awards of Rs 300,000 and Rs 200,000 respectively.
praying to God Almighty to bestow permanent health and wellness on the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and provide him and his Crown Prince with His help and support.
the Bulgarian Head of State will bestow the Madara Rider order, first degree, to the President of the America for Bulgaria Foundation, Frank Bauer.
Harton Ward representative Jim Capstick, who has been part of the authority for 44 years, has been nominated for the highest honour his fellow councillors can bestow by members of all the political parties.