well-conferred

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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