- to consult together; compare opinions; carry on a discussion or deliberation.
- to bestow upon as a gift, favor, honor, etc.: to confer a degree on a graduate.
- Obsolete. to compare.
Origin of confer
Examples from the Web for confer
Colleges churn out graduates and confer advanced degrees, but the scramble for jobs continues.How Young People Are Destroying Liberty
October 11, 2014
Now Hunter wanted to confer an honorary doctorate on me, and I needed to find the words to properly convey how honored I felt.A College Degree Worth the Wait
June 1, 2014
A commercial transaction does not confer ethical approbation on a customer.How ‘Religious Freedom’ Is Hurting Everyone’s Freedom
March 5, 2014
He then tells Bilal to confer with his brother Burak, his sister Sumeyye and other relatives.Does Alleged Corruption Video Spell the End Of Turkey’s Erdogan?
February 27, 2014
I confer with editors at ESPN.com every week about the next week.Opening Day 2013: How to Write About Baseball in the Big Leagues
March 31, 2013
Who do you imagine has it in contemplation to confer a distinction upon you, sir?'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Was she not worth as much honour as any man, be he who he might, could confer upon her?Heather and Snow
To this day, in the Tyrol it is still believed to confer fine vision.Storyology</p>
Cowed, Courthon shrugged and went apart to confer with his friend.St. Martin's Summer
She'll meet me, however, at the masked ball to-night, where we can confer together.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
- (tr; foll by on or upon) to grant or bestow (an honour, gift, etc)
- (intr) to hold or take part in a conference or consult together
- (tr) an obsolete word for compare
Word Origin and History for confer
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.