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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: conferre 'to bring together', from com- ( COM-) + ferre 'to carry'

confer

verb
     
con‧fer past tense and past participle conferred, present participle conferring formal
1 [intransitive] to discuss something with other people, so that everyone can express their opinions and decide on something
confer with
Franklin leant over and conferred with his attorneys.
2

confer a title/degree/honour etc

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 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

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