bestow-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: Present to or give to as a gift.

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] BESTOW NP2[patient] (PP{P NP[recipient]})

The university bestowed a degree on its most famous former student,
who never graduated.
We bestow this honor on you, Louisa.
The award is bestowed upon the bravest soldier in a given conflict.
The rank was bestowed on him by his commanding officer.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: Placing
PropBank: bestow.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: Cause to have a certain quality.

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[topic] BESTOW NP2[attribute]

Her presence bestows a certain cachet on the company.
The music bestowed an aire of elegance to the play.
This bestows a light note.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3