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con·fer

 (kən-fûr′)
v. con·ferred, con·fer·ring, con·fers
v.tr.
1. To bestow (an honor, for example): conferred a medal on the hero.
2. To invest with (a characteristic, for example): a carefully worded statement that conferred an aura of credibility.
v.intr.
To meet in order to deliberate together or compare views; consult: conferred with her attorney.

[Latin cōnferre : com-, com- + ferre, to bring; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

con·fer′ment, con·fer′ral n.
con·fer′ra·ble adj.
con·fer′rer n.

confer

(kənˈfɜː)
vb, -fers, -ferring or -ferred
1. (tr; foll by on or upon) to grant or bestow (an honour, gift, etc)
2. (intr) to hold or take part in a conference or consult together
3. (tr) an obsolete word for compare
[C16: from Latin conferre to gather together, compare, from com- together + ferre to bring]
conˈferment, conˈferral n
conˈferrable adj
conˈferrer n

con•fer

(kənˈfɜr)

v. -ferred, -fer•ring. v.i.
1. to consult or discuss something together; compare ideas or opinions.
v.t.
2. to bestow upon as a gift, favor, honor, etc.: to confer a degree on a graduate.
3. Obs. to compare.
[1520–30; < Latin conferre to bring together, compare, consult with]
con•fer′ra•ble, adj.
con•fer′ral, con•fer′ment, n.
con•fer′rer, n.
syn: See consult. See also give.

confer


Past participle: conferred
Gerund: conferring

Imperative
confer
confer
Present
I confer
you confer
he/she/it confers
we confer
you confer
they confer
Preterite
I conferred
you conferred
he/she/it conferred
we conferred
you conferred
they conferred
Present Continuous
I am conferring
you are conferring
he/she/it is conferring
we are conferring
you are conferring
they are conferring
Present Perfect
I have conferred
you have conferred
he/she/it has conferred
we have conferred
you have conferred
they have conferred
Past Continuous
I was conferring
you were conferring
he/she/it was conferring
we were conferring
you were conferring
they were conferring
Past Perfect
I had conferred
you had conferred
he/she/it had conferred
we had conferred
you had conferred
they had conferred
Future
I will confer
you will confer
he/she/it will confer
we will confer
you will confer
they will confer
Future Perfect
I will have conferred
you will have conferred
he/she/it will have conferred
we will have conferred
you will have conferred
they will have conferred
Future Continuous
I will be conferring
you will be conferring
he/she/it will be conferring
we will be conferring
you will be conferring
they will be conferring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been conferring
you have been conferring
he/she/it has been conferring
we have been conferring
you have been conferring
they have been conferring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been conferring
you will have been conferring
he/she/it will have been conferring
we will have been conferring
you will have been conferring
they will have been conferring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been conferring
you had been conferring
he/she/it had been conferring
we had been conferring
you had been conferring
they had been conferring
Conditional
I would confer
you would confer
he/she/it would confer
we would confer
you would confer
they would confer
Past Conditional
I would have conferred
you would have conferred
he/she/it would have conferred
we would have conferred
you would have conferred
they would have conferred
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.confer - have a conference in order to talk something over; "We conferred about a plan of action"
hash out, talk over, discuss - speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion; "We discussed our household budget"
collogue - confer secretly
2.confer - presentconfer - present; "The university conferred a degree on its most famous former student, who never graduated"; "bestow an honor on someone"
award, present - give, especially as an honor or reward; "bestow honors and prizes at graduation"
miter - confer a miter on (a bishop)
bless - confer prosperity or happiness on
graduate - confer an academic degree upon; "This school graduates 2,000 students each year"

confer

verb
1. discuss, talk, consult, deliberate, discourse, converse, parley He conferred with Hill and the others in his office.
2. grant, give, present, accord, award, hand out, bestow, vouchsafe An honorary degree was conferred on him by Newcastle University in 1976.

confer

verb
1. To meet and exchange views to reach a decision:
Informal: powwow.
2. To give formally or officially:
Translations
يَتَباحَثُ، يَتَشاوَرُيَمْنَح، يُنْعِم عَلى
radit seudělit
konferererådføre sigtildele
atribuirconsultar (con)deliberar
tanácskozik
ráîgastsæma, veita
konferencijata»tistelefoninė sąšauka
apspriestiesdienesta pakāpi)piešķirt (goda nosaukumu
posvetovati se

confer

[kənˈfɜːʳ]
A. VT to confer sth on sb [+ honour] → conceder or otorgar algo a algn; [+ title] → conferir or conceder algo a algn
B. VIconferenciar, estar en consultas
to confer with sbconsultar con algn

confer

[kənˈfɜːr]
vt [+ honour, status] → conférer
to confer sth on sb → conférer qch à qn
vi (= discuss) → conférer, s'entretenir
to confer with sb about sth → s'entretenir de qch avec qn

confer

vt (→ jdm) title, degreeverleihen; power alsoübertragen
visich beraten, konferieren (geh)

confer

[kənˈfɜːʳ]
1. vt to confer sth on sbconferire qc a qn
2. vi to confer (with sb about sth)consultarsi (con qn su qc)

confer

(kənˈfəː) past tense past participle conˈferred verb
1. (often with with) to consult each other. The staff conferred (with the headmaster) about the new timetable.
2. (with on) to give (an honour) to someone. The university conferred degrees on two famous scientists.
conference (ˈkonfərəns) noun
a meeting for discussion. The conference of heart specialists was held in New York.
ˈconference call noun
a telephone conversation in which more than two people participate.

confer

v. consultar; conferenciar.
References in classic literature ?
My Dear Sir: Harvard University desired to confer on you at the approaching Commencement an honorary degree; but it is our custom to confer degrees only on gentlemen who are present.
It is Harvard which, first among New England colleges, confers an honorary degree upon a black man.
The breaking off, in the midst of that one was about to say, as if he took himself up, breeds a greater appetite in him with whom you confer, to know more.
I knew two, that were competitors for the secretary's place in Queen Elizabeth's time, and yet kept good quarter between themselves; and would confer, one with another, upon the business; and the one of them said, That to be a secretary, in the declination of a monarchy, was a ticklish thing, and that he did not affect it: the other straight caught up those words, and discoursed with divers of his friends, that he had no reason to desire to be secretary, in the declination of a monarchy.
But the constitutions of several of the States expressly declare their governors to be commanders-in-chief, as well of the army as navy; and it may well be a question, whether those of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, in particular, do not, in this instance, confer larger powers upon their respective governors, than could be claimed by a President of the United States.
He appeals to the world-famed hospitality of Athens and hints at the blessings that his coming will confer on the State.
It has become so truly an organ of the social body that by telephone we now enter into contracts, give evidence, try lawsuits, make speeches, propose marriage, confer degrees, appeal to voters, and do almost everything else that is a matter of speech.
For it is the nature of men to be bound by the benefits they confer as much as by those they receive.
An aristocracy seems most likely to confer the honours of the state on the virtuous; for virtue is the object of an aristocracy, riches of an oligarchy, and liberty of a democracy; for what is approved of by the majority will prevail in all or in each of these three different states; and that which seems good to most of those who compose the community will prevail: for what is called a state prevails in many communities, which aim at a mixture of rich and poor, riches and liberty: as for the rich, they are usually supposed to take the place of the worthy and honourable.
Prithee, friend, do not keep your knowledge to yourself; we are a large party; and any benefit which you confer upon us will be amply rewarded.
But these freaks of his guest were not much to the liking of the landlord, so he determined to cut matters short and confer upon him at once the unlucky order of knighthood before any further misadventure could occur; so, going up to him, he apologised for the rudeness which, without his knowledge, had been offered to him by these low people, who, however, had been well punished for their audacity.
I will confer upon you the head of a fox, so that you may hereafter look as bright as you really are.

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