Simple Definition of confer
: to discuss something important in order to make a decision
: to give (something, such as a degree, award, title, right, etc.) to someone or something
Full Definition of confer
: to compare views or take counsel : consult
1 : to bestow from or as if from a position of superiority <conferred an honorary degree on her> <knowing how to read was a gift conferred with manhood — Murray Kempton>
2 : to give (as a property or characteristic) to someone or something <a reputation for power will confer power — John Spanier>
Examples of confer
The cameleers … conferred with each other about the safest path across. —Greg Child, Mixed Emotions: Mountaineering Writings of Greg Child, 1993
It was a traditional compliment to be whinged at by an Englishman. It was his way of saying he trusted you, he was conferring upon you the privilege of getting to know the real him. —Margaret Atwood, New Yorker, 5 Mar.1990
He liked the ease and glitter of the life, and the lustre conferred on him by being a member of this group of rich and conspicuous people. —Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth, 1905
The lawyer and judge conferred about the ruling.
<the British monarch continues to confer knighthood on those who are outstanding in their fields of endeavor>
Origin of confer
Latin conferre to bring together, from com- + ferre to carry — more at bear
First Known Use: circa 1500
Synonym Discussion of confer
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Word Root of confer
The Latin word ferre, meaning “to carry” or “to bring,” gives us the root fer. Words from the Latin ferre have something to do with carrying. To transfer is to carry across from one person, place, or condition to another. To confer is to bring something to someone in order to present it. To offer is to bring forth for another to accept or reject. To prefer is to carry a stronger liking for one over another.
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