What does the word bestow mean?

Usage examples for bestow

  1. From him you have rescued me, and I thank you; but if my betrothed delays his coming it may be too late, for there are other hateful suitors who would make my father bestow my hand upon one of them. – Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
  2. Many a son of a distinguished race sought it, but he wished to bestow it upon Wolf. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. " Come; I can bestow a benefit," she exclaimed. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë