Confer definition

kən-fûr
To have a conference or talk; meet for discussion; converse.
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To give, grant, or bestow.
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(obs.) To compare.
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To bestow (an honor, for example).

Conferred a medal on the hero.

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The definition of confer is to consult or carry on a discussion.

An example of confer is for a company committee to have a discussion before deciding on a new employee.

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1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.3.1.i.

Confer thine estate with others [...]. Be content and rest satisfied, for thou art well in respect to others [...].

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Boyle.

If we confer these observations with others of the like nature, we may find cause to rectify the general opinion.

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To grant as a possession; to bestow. [from 16th c.]
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To invest with (a characteristic, for example).

A carefully worded statement that conferred an aura of credibility.

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To meet in order to deliberate together or compare views; consult.

Conferred with her attorney.

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(intransitive) To talk together, to consult, discuss; to deliberate. [from 16th c.]
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Origin of confer

  • Latin cōnferre com- com- ferre to bring bher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French conférer, from Latin conferō.

    From Wiktionary