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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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  • As far as I can tell, they are just “made a dame”. No special verb is used. – Jim Aug 16 '16 at 21:36
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    They are deemed a dame, by someone with the authority to deem them so. Then they don't need to be redeemed. – John Lawler Aug 16 '16 at 22:53
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    If she is introduced into the Order of the Bath, she is, of course, bathed. This would seem to entail somewhat more exposure than being gartered, but to be significantly less uncomfortable than being thistled. – Sven Yargs Aug 19 '16 at 18:42
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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:

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.

(Cambridge Dictionary)

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  • Yes, she's honoured with a Damehood, but honour by itself doesn't imply the specific title of Dame. A man is simply knighted. I was wondering if there's an equivalent to knight as a verb, and one that implicitly includes the title of Dame. – chiastic-security Aug 17 '16 at 9:36
  • No there is not: 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. – user66974 Aug 17 '16 at 9:44
  • @Josh61 - Judi Dench. And last I checked she was still alive. Wikipedia doesn't record her as dead either. – AndyT Aug 19 '16 at 10:23
  • @AntyT - the two sencences are not related. – user66974 Aug 19 '16 at 10:29
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"dub" seems to fit perfectly. (to dub someone a Knight or a Dame)

  • dub (verb, transitive) - To honor with a new title or description, to invest with a title, name, or nickname TFD

  • "Dame" - (In the UK) the title given to a woman with the rank of Knight Commander or holder of the Grand Cross in the Orders of Chivalry:

  • Elizabeth Taylor was dubbed Dame Elizabeth by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999.
  • In 1913 he was dubbed knight by King George V.
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  • Yes, she's dubbed a Dame, but she isn't simply dubbed. A man isn't knighted a Knight, he's simply knighted. I was wondering if there's an equivalent to knight as a verb, and one that implicitly includes the title of Dame. – chiastic-security Aug 17 '16 at 9:35
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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
from m-w.com

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