confer

[kuhn-fur]
verb (used without object), conferred, conferring.
1.
to consult together; compare opinions; carry on a discussion or deliberation.
verb (used with object), conferred, conferring.
2.
to bestow upon as a gift, favor, honor, etc.: to confer a degree on a graduate.
3.
Obsolete. to compare.

Origin:
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.
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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]
 
con'ferment
 
n
 
con'ferral
 
n
 
con'ferrable
 
adj
 
con'ferrer
 
n

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confer
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
The only difference that matters is the quality of the program conferring
  either one.
We don't even know all the genes involved in conferring addiction risk.
It's the act of conferring that makes things valuable.
Conferring some resistance is still better than none.
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