|Origin:||conferre 'to bring together', from com- ( COM-) + ferre 'to carry'|
con‧fer past tense and past participle conferred, present participle conferring formal
to discuss something with other people, so that everyone can express their opinions and decide on something
Franklin leant over and conferred with his attorneys.
to officially give someone a title etc, especially as a reward for something they have achieved
confer a title/degree/honour etc on/upon
An honorary degree was conferred on him by the University.
—conferment noun [uncountable and countable]WORD FOCUS: give
put something in someone's hand: hand, pass
officially give something to someone: award, present, grant, confer, allocate
give something to people in a group: hand out, pass around, distribute
give to a charity: donate
give something to people after you die: leave, pass on, bequeath
➔ See also give