- 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 conferment
The preliminaries, formal or otherwise, to the conferment of degrees have now been described.The Oxford Degree Ceremony
But Athanasius apprehended this redemption as a conferment, from without and from above, of a divine nature.Edward Caldwell Moore
"Not from men" excludes human derivation; "not through man," human intervention in the conferment of Paul's office.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians
G. G. Findlay
- (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 conferment
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.