V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to present to or bestow something onto somebody; 2. to have a conference or meeting
Synonyms: award, bestow, impart, grant, give, present, talk, discuss, deliberate
Tips: Confer originates from the Latin word conferre, "to bring together." Confer means more than just "discuss." Confer denotes a more serious and trusted deliberation and discussion. If there is an important decision to make, you will confer with your colleagues rather than simply discussing the issue with them. Confer also means "to bestow or award" (see usage examples).
Executive management is prohibited from participating in any program that will confer financial benefit to a board member. (award, give)
Could I take a moment to confer your offer with my colleagues? (discuss, deliberate)
Universities usually confer an honorary degree on their keynote speakers at graduation ceremonies. (bestow, impart, award)
The attorney asked for a recess in the court proceedings so he could confer with his client. (talk, discuss)
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