Definition of


  1. (verb, communication) have a conference in order to talk something over
  2. (verb, possession) present
    bestow an honor on someone

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Synonyms of Confer

bestow, confab, confabulate, consult

Alternate forms of Confer

Derivations: conferee, conference, conferment, conferral

Hyponyms: bless, collogue, graduate, miter

Hypernyms: award, discuss, hash out, present, talk over

Origin of the word Confer

  1. 1530s, from L. conferre "to bring together, compare," from com- "together" + ferre "to bear" (see infer). Sense of "taking counsel" led to conference. The meaning "compare" (common 1530-1650) is largely obsolete, but the abbreviation cf. still is used in this sense. Related: Conferral (1880). more

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