When you present an honor or a gift to someone, you bestow it, which is the same as giving it, but often classier and more respectful.

Bestow comes from the Middle English stowen, "to place." Placing something really valuable or honoring in the hands of another, or conferring a position of responsibility on them, is to bestow it. For example, "She gave her teacher a ceramic apple she had made, knowing that her whole class would bestow the big honor of Teacher of the Year later that day," or, "The king praised her for working with the poor, and he would later bestow the medal of honor on her in a ceremony."

Definitions of bestow
  1. verb
    give as a gift
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    type of:
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  2. verb
    bestow an honor on someone”
    synonyms: confer
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    confer a miter on (a bishop)
    confer prosperity or happiness on
    confer an academic degree upon
    type of:
    award, present
    give, especially as an honor or reward
  3. verb
    bestow a quality on
    synonyms: add, bring, contribute, impart, lend
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    be a contributing factor
    instill, transfuse
    impart gradually
    impart a cheap brightness to
    throw in
    add as an extra or as a gratuity
    impart as if by breathing
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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