confer

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Etymology[edit]

From Early Modern English conferre, from Middle French conférer, from Old French conferer, from Latin conferō. Compare Dutch confereren (to confer), German konferieren (to confer), Danish konferere (to confer), Swedish konferera (to confer).

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confer (third-person singular simple present confers, present participle conferring, simple past and past participle conferred)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To compare. [16th–18th c.]
    • 1557 (book title):
      The Newe Testament ... Conferred diligently with the Greke, and best approued translations.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.3.1.i:
      Confer thine estate with others […]. Be content and rest satisfied, for thou art well in respect to others […].
    • Boyle
      If we confer these observations with others of the like nature, we may find cause to rectify the general opinion.
  2. (intransitive) To talk together, to consult, discuss; to deliberate. [from 16th c.]
    • 1974, "A Traveler's Perils", Time, 25 Mar 1974:
      Local buttons popped when Henry Kissinger visited Little Rock last month to confer with Fulbright on the Middle East oil talks.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To bring together; to collect, gather. [16th–17th c.]
  4. (transitive) To grant as a possession; to bestow. [from 16th c.]
    • Milton
      the public marks of honour and reward conferred upon me
    • 2010, Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer, 7 Feb 2010:
      The special immunities that are conferred on MPs were framed with the essential purpose of allowing them to speak freely in parliament.
  5. (obsolete, intransitive) To contribute; to conduce. [16th–18th c.]
    • Glanvill
      The closeness and compactness of the parts resting together doth much confer to the strength of the union.

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Verb[edit]

cōnfer

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of cōnferō