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Word: bestow

Definition: confer


Sentences Containing 'bestow'

Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!
I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow.''
He answered me with the utmost civility, and even paid me the compliment of saying that he was so well convinced of Lady Catherine's discernment as to be certain she could never bestow a favor unworthily.
She saw her in idea settled in that very house, in all the felicity which a marriage of true affection could bestow; and she felt capable, under such circumstances, of endeavoring even to like Bingley's two sisters.
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.
how much of pleasure or pain was it in his power to bestow!
Elizabeth had now but little time for conversation with her sister; for while he was present, Jane had no attention to bestow on anyone else; but she found herself considerably useful to both of them in those hours of separation that must sometimes occur.
Supposing him to be attached to me, would my refusing to accept his hand make him wish to bestow it on his cousin?
We may waive just so much care of ourselves as we honestly bestow elsewhere.
Then I began to pity myself, and I saw that it would be a greater charity to bestow on me a flannel shirt than a whole slop shop on him.
However, the government does not concern me much, and I shall bestow the fewest possible thoughts on it.
Rest content with my friendship, for I say once more that is all I can promise, and I will promise no more than I can bestow.''
Come, come, do not strip the latter of his just rights to bestow them on the Corsican, who, to my mind, has usurped quite enough.''
``You prefer, then,''said the abbe,``that I should bestow on men you say are false and treacherous, the reward intended for faithful friendship?''
I will so advantageously bestow 2,000 piastres, that the person receiving them shall obtain a respite till next year for Peppino; and during that year, another skilfully placed 1,000 piastres will afford him the means of escaping from his prison.''
``I tell you what, Sir Franz,''cried Albert,``you deserve to be called out for such a misgiving and incredulous glance as that you were pleased to bestow on me just now.''
You promised to bestow on me the friendly affection of a brother.
``I fear, Valentine,''replied the lover,``that were she living I should never have had the happiness of knowing you; you would then have been too happy to have stooped from your grandeur to bestow a thought on me.''
cried the countess, extending her hand to him with all the warmth and cordiality of an old acquaintance;``it was really very good of you to recognize me so quickly, and still more so to bestow your first visit on me.''
Consequently I shall marry my daughter to the Baron Franzd'Epinay, because I consider it would be a proper and eligible match for her to make, and, in short, because I choose to bestow my daughter's hand on whomever I please.''
Morrel then cast on the invalid an interrogative look as to the new favor which he designed to bestow on him.
``You have spoken truly, Maximilian; according to the care we bestow upon it, death is either a friend who rocks us gently as a nurse, or an enemy who violently drags the soul from the body.
By granting them magistrates of their own, the privilege of making bye-laws for their own government, that of building walls for their own defence, and that of reducing all their inhabitants under a sort of military discipline, he gave them all the means of security and independency of the barons which it was in his power to bestow.
Their first demand was generally that he should silence and subdue all their adversaries; and their second, that he should bestow an independent provision on themselves.
But though this order of men can scarce ever be forced, they may be managed as easily as any other; and the security of the sovereign, as well as the public tranquillity, seems to depend very much upon the means which he has of managing them; and those means seem to consist altogether in the preferment which he has to bestow upon them.
What is it that we must bestow our care and diligence upon?
It is a shameful thing that the face should be subject unto the mind, to be put into what shape it will, and to be dressed by it as it will; and that the mind should not bestow so much care upon herself, as to fashion herself, and to dress herself as best becometh her.'
As one who had lived, and were now to die by right, whatsoever is yet remaining, bestow that wholly as a gracious overplus upon a virtuous life.
No one by proving to be ungrateful has made me more slow to bestow promptly all benefits I could give, nor have I ever been harsh to ingratitude.
I don't know what sort of folk they can be, so unfeeling and heartless, that rather than bestow a glance upon a worthy man they leave him to die or go mad.
Dorothea comforted Sancho, telling him that she pledged herself, as soon as it should appear certain that his master had decapitated the giant, and she found herself peacefully established in her kingdom, to bestow upon him the best county there was in it.
Come, Senor Don Quixote, have some compassion for yourself, return to the bosom of common sense, and make use of the liberal share of it that heaven has been pleased to bestow upon you, employing your abundant gifts of mind in some other reading that may serve to benefit your conscience and add to your honour.
Leave the unhappy being to triumph, rejoice and glory in the lot love has been pleased to bestow upon her in surrendering my heart and yielding up my soul to her.
From this day forth, friend Sancho, count as thine six smocks of mine which I bestow upon thee, to make as many shirts for thyself, and if they are not all quite whole, at any rate they are all clean."
And though a philosopher may live remote from business, the genius of philosophy, if carefully cultivated by several, must gradually diffuse itself throughout the whole society, and bestow a similar correctness on every art and calling.
But I keep my mind still open to instruction, if any one will vouchsafe to bestow it on me.
The famous Racine gives an account of this miracle in his famous history of Port-Royal, and fortifies it with all the proofs, which a multitude of nuns, priests, physicians, and men of the world, all of them of undoubted credit, could bestow upon it.
And could you not return again, from this inferred cause, to infer new additions to the effect, and conclude, that the building would soon be finished, and receive all the further improvements, which art could bestow upon it?
You conclude, that religious doctrines and reasonings _can_ have no influence on life, because they _ought_ to have no influence; never considering, that men reason not in the same manner you do, but draw many consequences from the belief of a divine Existence, and suppose that the Deity will inflict punishments on vice, and bestow rewards on virtue, beyond what appear in the ordinary course of nature.
At present, and until something turns up (which I am, I may say, hourly expecting), I have nothing to bestow but advice.
In fact, there was a story current among us (I have no idea, and never had, on what authority, but I have believed it for so many years that I feel quite certain it is true), that on a frosty day, one winter-time, he actually did bestow his gaiters on a beggar-woman, who occasioned some scandal in the neighbourhood by exhibiting a fine infant from door to door, wrapped in those garments, which were universally recognized, being as well known in the vicinity as the Cathedral.
Soft, seedy biscuits, also, I bestow upon Miss Shepherd; and oranges innumerable.
We mean to bestow our confidence where we like, and to find out our own friends, instead of having them found out for us--don't we, Jip?'
'To wish her dead,' said I, 'may be the kindest wish that one of her own sex could bestow upon her.
Do you imagine that I bestow a thought on it, or suppose you could do any harm to that low place, which money would not pay for, and handsomely?
My aunt was mightily amused, when we began to talk composedly, by my account of my meeting with Mr. Chillip, and of his holding her in such dread remembrance; and both she and Peggotty had a great deal to say about my poor mother's second husband, and 'that murdering woman of a sister',--on whom I think no pain or penalty would have induced my aunt to bestow any Christian or Proper Name, or any other designation.
When the matron _Houyhnhnms_ have produced one of each sex, they no longer accompany with their consorts, except they lose one of their issue by some casualty, which very seldom happens; but in such a case they meet again; or when the like accident befalls a person whose wife is past bearing, some other couple bestow on him one of their own colts, and then go together again until the mother is pregnant.
Bestow them, ye who are now made parties to this indissoluble league.
This peculiarity is most vividly hit by the French in the name they bestow upon that fish.
However, the government does not concern me much, and I shall bestow the fewest possible thoughts on it.

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