[ kuh n-fur ]
/ kənˈfɜr /
verb (used without object), con·ferred, con·fer·ring.
to consult together; compare opinions; carry on a discussion or deliberation.
verb (used with object), con·ferred, con·fer·ring.
to bestow upon as a gift, favor, honor, etc.: to confer a degree on a graduate.
Obsolete. to compare.
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Origin of confer
con·fer·ment, nouncon·fer·ra·ble, adjectivecon·fer·rer, nounnon·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.un·con·ferred, adjectivewell-con·ferred, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for conferrable
/ (kənˈfɜː) /
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 Formsconferment 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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