Word Origin See more synonyms for confer on Thesaurus.com 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. Origin of confer 1400–50
for earlier sense “to summon”; 1520–30 for current senses;
late Middle English conferen
to bring together, compare, consult with, equivalent to
bear 1 Related forms 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. un·con·ferred, adjective well-con·ferred, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for conferrable 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 conferment or conferral, noun conferrable, adjective conferrer, noun Word Origin
C16: from Latin
conferre to gather together, compare, from com- together + ferre to bring
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Word Origin and History for conferrable confer v.
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.
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