- 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 confers
Clearly, money—having it, what it confers, what it means—is different when you have lots of it.Sting and Hillary Are Just Like You: How the Very Rich Play at Being Very Ordinary
June 24, 2014
It confers protection under the law to those who have lacked it.New Report Says Same-Sex Marriage Is Good for Public Health
April 15, 2014
But it is an unusual right: one which confers not entitlement benefits or other government-granted goodies, but responsibilities.Immigration Reform and the GOP’s Anti-Gay Suicide Mission
May 2, 2013
But still it confers some advantages over the newer, flashier techniques that have come to dominate over the last two decades.Depression Is Linked to Hyperconnectivity of Brain Regions, a New Study Shows
February 21, 2012
Nevertheless, his idealistic request for wife and mistress to be present confers symbolic legitimacy on both.Chile's Etiquette of Love
October 16, 2010
In the play as in history, Charles now confers upon Wentworth an Earldom.Browning's England
Helen Archibald Clarke
It confers also a benefit similar to that which is derived from a course of arithmetic.The Aural System
This knowledge is a supernatural gift, which (in the Poimandres) confers ‘deification’.The Legacy of Greece
I know the happiness it confers upon you to be able to do what you have done.Fairy Fingers
Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
This it is that "gives him immortality," and confers upon him the dignity of manhood.Jewish Literature and Other Essays
- (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 confers
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.