WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
con•fer /kənˈfɜr/USA pronunciation   v.,  -ferred, -fer•ring. 
  1. to discuss something together;
    compare ideas or opinions:[no object;  sometimes: ~ + on + object]We conferred for a moment and returned to the discussion.
  2. to give as a gift, honor, etc., to someone:[+ object + on + object]to confer a degree on a graduate.
con•fer•ra•ble, adj. 
con•fer•ral, con•fer•ment, n. [uncountable]
con•fer•rer, n. [countable]See -fer-.
    See consult.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
con•fer  (kən fûr),USA pronunciation v.,  -ferred, -fer•ring. 
  1. to consult together;
    compare opinions;
    carry on a discussion or deliberation.

  1. to bestow upon as a gift, favor, honor, etc.:to confer a degree on a graduate.
  2. [Obs.]to compare.
con•ferment, n. 
con•ferra•ble, adj. 
con•ferrer, n. 
  • Latin conferre to bring together, compare, consult with, equivalent. to con- con- + ferre to carry, bear1
  • 1400–50 for earlier sense "to summon''; 1520–30 for current senses; late Middle English conferen
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  consult.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged   See  give. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

confer /kənˈfɜː/ vb ( -fers, -ferring, -ferred)
  1. (tr; followed by on or upon) to grant or bestow (an honour, gift, etc)
  2. (intransitive) to hold or take part in a conference or consult together
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin conferre to gather together, compare, from com- together + ferre to bring

conˈferment, conˈferral n conˈferrable adj

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