- 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 conferring
One evening, they found Sanjay and his friends “conferring” with two women in a hotel room near the slum.Hold Onto Your Penis
David Frum, Justin Green
November 29, 2012
Various countries are conferring about how to solve that problem.The Forgotten Lives of Refugees
June 19, 2012
Pinault, gray-flannelled and black-shoed, was conferring at the next-door table with an adviser, Philippe Segalot.My Biennale Favorites
June 8, 2009
It came to me like a flash as the Emperor was conferring the honours upon me.City of Endless Night
Each day he alleged the necessity of conferring with the woman.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
One would think I had come to ask a favor instead of conferring one.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
And in the conferring of such benefits he was disposed to think he could outbid the world.Cyropaedia
Evidently he was conferring with someone else, probably Ku Sui.The Affair of the Brains
- (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 conferring
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.