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English verb: bestow

1. bestow (possession) present

SamplesThe university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated.
Bestow an honor on someone.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something on somebody

Broader (hypernym)award, present

Narrower (hyponym)bless, graduate, miter

2. bestow (possession) give as a gift

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something on somebody

Broader (hypernym)give

3. bestow (possession) bestow a quality on

SamplesHer 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.

Synonymsadd, bring, contribute, impart, lend

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)factor, instill, throw in, tinsel, transfuse

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