- 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 conferred
After Doar conferred with police and protestors, the angry antagonists withdrew.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era
November 15, 2014
When Nancy Pelosi was speaker, the gold medal was authorized for golfer Arnold Palmer and conferred by Boehner.Obama’s Civil Rights Snub?
June 24, 2014
A true icon never begged for approval or appreciation: both were conferred upon them.Streisand’s Gay Sex Problem, and the Death of the Gay Icon
May 23, 2014
Then another: White House and Treasury staff had conferred about how to deal with the report.The White House and the IRS: A Carteresque Fiasco
May 28, 2013
Ezeilo was conferred with a national honor of Officer of the Order of Nigeria in 2006 for her work as a human-rights defender.
A life-time as long as that conferred upon the namesake of Tithonus.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The practical result of the Ode was a pension of 200 a year conferred on him by Queen Anne.Handel
Edward J. Dent
Sometimes it is conferred by an unfriendly and inconsiderate hand.The Devil's Dictionary
Another great benefit they conferred upon the world was that of charity.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
He accepted the office in the spirit in which it had been conferred upon him.Cleveland Past and Present
- (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 conferred
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.