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
- transitive v. To bring together for comparison; to compare.
- transitive v. To grant as a possession; to bestow.
- transitive v. To contribute; to conduce.
- intransitive v. To have discourse; to consult; to compare views; to deliberate.
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
It is short for the Latin word confer and instructs the reader to compare one thing with another.
The problem with allowing firearms officers to confer is that it opens those same officers up to charges of collusion and fabrication and it gives every aggrieved person a whopping big target to fling crap at, and every time they do public confidence in the police is hurt.
What I also try to confer is that you don't need divine interaction when talking about designs or goal-orientation.
For decades it was easy to consider the Electoral College a harmless vestige — or to predict that should it ever again confer victory on a popular loser, as it had in 1876 and in 1888, there would be such an outcry that it would be abolished.
It did not even go so far as to say, "We will confer, that is the right method"; it said, "We will learn how to confer."
But none of these titles confer upon me the right of property.
Amendment does not secure the ballot to woman, neither does it to the negro; for it does not in terms confer the ballot upon any one.
"Islamic fundamentalism" -- both of which terms confer upon jihadi salafism a sense of legitimacy and long-time history which I do not believe it deserves.
The Constitution does not "confer" the right of Habeas Corpus.
These disappointments, which occur to all, more or less, and most to such as confer benefits without just discrimination, his diseased fancy set down to the hatred and contempt excited by his personal deformity. —