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confer

[kuh n-fur] /kənˈfɜr/
verb (used without object), conferred, conferring.
1.
to consult together; compare opinions; carry on a discussion or deliberation.
verb (used with object), conferred, conferring.
2.
to bestow upon as a gift, favor, honor, etc.:
to confer a degree on a graduate.
3.
Obsolete. to compare.
Origin of confer
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50 for earlier sense “to summon”; 1520-30 for current senses; late Middle English conferen < Latin conferre to bring together, compare, consult with, equivalent to con- con- + ferre to carry, bear1
Related forms
conferment, noun
conferrable, adjective
conferrer, noun
nonconferrable, adjective
preconfer, verb (used without object), preconferred, preconferring.
reconfer, verb, reconferred, reconferring.
unconferred, adjective
well-conferred, adjective
Synonym Study
1. See consult. 2. See give.
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Examples from the Web for confer
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  • Who do you imagine has it in contemplation to confer a distinction upon you, sir?'

  • Was she not worth as much honour as any man, be he who he might, could confer upon her?

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • To this day, in the Tyrol it is still believed to confer fine vision.

    Storyology

    Benjamin Taylor
  • Cowed, Courthon shrugged and went apart to confer with his friend.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • She'll meet me, however, at the masked ball to-night, where we can confer together.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for confer

confer

/kənˈfɜː/
verb -fers, -ferring, -ferred
1.
(transitive; foll by on or upon) to grant or bestow (an honour, gift, etc)
2.
(intransitive) to hold or take part in a conference or consult together
3.
(transitive) an obsolete word for compare
Derived Forms
conferment, conferral, noun
conferrable, adjective
conferrer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin conferre to gather together, compare, from com- together + ferre to bring
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Word Origin and History for confer
v.

1530s, from Middle French conférer (14c.) "to give, converse, compare," from Latin conferre "to bring together," figuratively "to compare; consult, deliberate, talk over," from com- "together" (see com-) + ferre "to bear" (see infer). Sense of "taking counsel" led to conference. The meaning "compare" (common 1530-1650) is largely obsolete, but the abbreviation cf. still is used in this sense. Related: Conferred; conferring.

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