Bestow vs. Bequeath - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Bestow (verb)

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

  • Bestow (verb)

    To lodge, or find quarters for; provide with accommodation.

  • Bestow (verb)

    To dispose of.

  • Bestow (verb)

    To give; confer; impart gratuitously; present something to someone or something, especially as a gift or honour.

    "Medals were bestowed on the winning team."

  • Bestow (verb)

    To give in marriage.

  • Bestow (verb)

    To apply; make use of; use; employ.

  • Bestow (verb)

    To behave or deport.

  • Bequeath (verb)

    To give or leave by will; to give by testament.

  • Bequeath (verb)

    To hand down; to transmit.

  • Bequeath (verb)

    To give; to offer; to commit.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Bestow (verb)

    confer or present (an honour, right, or gift)

    "the office was bestowed on him by the monarch of this realm"

  • Bestow (verb)

    put (something) in a specified place

    "stooping to bestow the presents into eager hands"

  • Bequeath (verb)

    leave (property) to a person or other beneficiary by a will

    "he bequeathed his art collection to the town"

  • Bequeath (verb)

    pass (something) on or leave (something) to someone else

    "he ditched the unpopular policies bequeathed to him"

Webster Dictionary

  • Bestow

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

  • Bestow

    To use; to apply; to devote, as time or strength in some occupation.

  • Bestow

    To expend, as money.

  • Bestow

    To give or confer; to impart; - with on or upon.

  • Bestow

    To give in marriage.

  • Bestow

    To demean; to conduct; to behave; - followed by a reflexive pronoun.

  • Bequeath

    To give or leave by will; to give by testament; - said especially of personal property.

  • Bequeath

    To hand down; to transmit.

  • Bequeath

    To give; to offer; to commit.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Bestow (verb)

    present;

    "The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated"

    "bestow an honor on someone"

  • Bestow (verb)

    give as a gift

  • Bestow (verb)

    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"

  • Bequeath (verb)

    leave or give by will after one's death;

    "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"

    "My grandfather left me his entire estate"

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