verb (used without object), conferred, conferring.
to consult together; compare opinions; carry on a discussion or deliberation.
verb (used with object), conferred, conferring.
to bestow upon as a gift, favor, honor, etc.: to confer a degree on a graduate.
Obsolete. to compare.

1400–50 for earlier sense “to summon”; 1520–30 for current senses; late Middle English conferen < Latin conferre to bring together, compare, consult with, equivalent to con- con- + ferre to carry, bear1

conferment, noun
conferrable, adjective
conferrer, noun
nonconferrable, adjective
preconfer, verb (used without object), preconferred, preconferring.
reconfer, verb, reconferred, reconferring.
unconferred, adjective
well-conferred, adjective

1. See consult. 2. See give. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
confer (kənˈfɜː)
vb , -fers, -ferring, -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]

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Word Origin & History

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).
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Example sentences
We may confer holiness by our collective interest in football.
But having a doctorate does not confer immunity from academic rage.
We go to conferences and meetings, pore over other publications, and routinely
  confer with our researcher sources and authors.
All college teachers require a dedicated corner where they can confer with
  their students.
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