verb \kən-ˈfər\

: 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

intransitive verb
:  to compare views or take counsel :  consult
transitive verb
:  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>
:  to give (as a property or characteristic) to someone or something <a reputation for power will confer power — John Spanier>
con·fer·ment \-ˈfər-mənt\ noun
con·fer·ra·ble \-ˈfər-ə-bəl\ adjective
con·fer·ral \-ˈfər-əl\ noun
con·fer·rer \-ˈfər-ər\ noun

Examples of CONFER

  1. The lawyer and judge conferred about the ruling.
  2. <the British monarch continues to confer knighthood on those who are outstanding in their fields of endeavor>
  3. The cameleers … conferred with each other about the safest path across. —Greg Child, Mixed Emotions: Mountaineering Writings of Greg Child, 1993

Origin of CONFER

Latin conferre to bring together, from com- + ferre to carry — more at bear
First Known Use: circa 1500


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