Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bestow (an honor, for example): conferred a medal on the hero; conferred an honorary degree on her.
  • transitive v. To invest with (a characteristic, for example): a carefully worded statement that conferred an aura of credibility.
  • intransitive v. To meet in order to deliberate together or compare views; consult: conferred with her attorney.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To have discourse; to consult; to compare views; to deliberate.
  • transitive v. To bring together for comparison; to compare.
  • transitive v. To grant as a possession; to bestow.
  • transitive v. To contribute; to conduce.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bring together.
  • To compare; examine by comparison; collate.
  • [In this sense now obsolete except as used in the imperative in making reference to illustrative words or passages, in which use it coincides with, and is usually treated as, the Latin imperative confer (pron. kon′ fėr), and commonly abbreviated conf. or cf.]
  • To bestow as a permanent gift; settle as a possession: followed by on or upon.
  • To contribute; conduce.
  • Synonyms Bestow; Grant, etc. See give.
  • To consult together on some special subject; compare opinions; carry on a discussion or deliberation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. present
  • v. have a conference in order to talk something over

Etymologies

Latin cōnferre : com-, com- + ferre, to bring; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin conferō. (Wiktionary)

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  • Why didn't you confer with him before making such a rash decision?

    February 13, 2012

  • -to compare
    cf.

    October 19, 2010

  • WIZARD
    Therefore, by virtue of the authority
    vested in me by the Universitatus
    Committeeatum e plurbis unum, I hereby
    confer upon you the honorary degree of Th.D.

    June 9, 2010