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.
- con·fer·ment, noun
- con·fer·ra·ble, adjective
- con·fer·rer, noun
- non·con·fer·ra·ble, adjective
- pre·con·fer, verb (used without object), pre·con·ferred, pre·con·fer·ring.
- re·con·fer, verb, re·con·ferred, re·con·fer·ring.
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How to use confer in a sentence
The more cases we have in circulation, the more chances there are of generating mutations that confer some kind of benefit to the virus.India's Vaccine Rollout Stumbles as COVID-19 Cases Decline. That's Bad News for the Rest of the World | Abhishyant Kidangoor | February 19, 2021 | Time
"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
But Athanasius apprehended this redemption as a conferment, from without and from above, of a divine nature.Edward Caldwell Moore | Edward Moore
Sulla obtained the formal conferment on himself of absolute power.The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI. | Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Let there be no confusion about the purpose of the suggested conferment of power to make decisions effective.State of the Union Addresses of Warren Harding | Warren Harding
The preliminaries, formal or otherwise, to the conferment of degrees have now been described.The Oxford Degree Ceremony | Joseph Wells
British Dictionary definitions for confer
(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
- conferment or conferral, noun
- conferrable, adjective
- conferrer, noun
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