[ kuhn-fur ]
/ k蓹n藞f蓽r /
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verb (used without object), con路ferred, con路fer路ring.
to consult together; compare opinions; carry on a discussion or deliberation.
verb (used with object), con路ferred, con路fer路ring.
to bestow upon as a gift, favor, honor, etc.: to confer a degree on a graduate.
Obsolete. to compare.
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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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Origin of confer

First recorded in 1400鈥50 for earlier sense 鈥渢o summon鈥; 1520鈥30 for current senses; late Middle English conferen, from Latin conferre 鈥渢o bring together, compare, consult with,鈥 equivalent to con- 鈥渨ith, together, completely鈥 (see con-) + ferre 鈥渢o carry, bear鈥 (see bear1)

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1. See consult. 2. See give.


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British Dictionary definitions for confer

/ (k蓹n藞f蓽藧) /

verb -fers, -ferring or -ferred
(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

Derived forms of confer

conferment or conferral, nounconferrable, adjectiveconferrer, noun

Word Origin for confer

C16: from Latin conferre to gather together, compare, from com- together + ferre to bring
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