If a man becomes a Knight, he does so by being knighted.
What word describes the action by which one confers the title of Dame upon a woman?
Is she damed? Or knighted? Or something else?
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There is no equivalent verb to "to knight" for a Dame. You need to use expressions like to honour someone with the title of Dame or do make someone a Dame:
a woman's name that is given in Britain as a special honour, usually for valuable work done over a long period, or a woman having this honour:
Dame Judy Dench.
She was made a dame before she died.
Honour (someone) with (something):
- To give someone public praise or a reward:
- He was honoured with a knighthood.
"dub" seems to fit perfectly. (to dub someone a Knight or a Dame)
I have to agree with the other answers that say there is no word that intrinsically means "be made into a Dame", but the word ennoble does include damehood as a possibility:
2: to raise to the rank of nobility