confer distinction

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But I have discerned in you an elevation of thought and a capability of devotedness, which I had hitherto not conceived to be compatible either with the early bloom of youth or with those graces of sex that may be said at once to win and to confer distinction when combined, as they notably are in you, with the mental qualities above indicated.
Speaking on the occasion, President Mukherjee said he is very happy that his first visit to Assam is to confer distinction on two outstanding women of India.
Columbia is a selective institution in its choice of students as well as speakers; its choices confer distinction on those whom it selects.