Definition of confer in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈfər/

verb (confers, conferring, conferred)

1 [with object] Grant or bestow (a title, degree, benefit, or right): moves were made to confer an honorary degree on her
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  • Finally, has any valuable benefit been conferred on either party?
  • Chief among these is the question of whether any benefits were conferred on the generous donors.
  • The ceremony in which SFU will confer the honorary degrees, will be held on the last day of the Dalai Lama's visit.
bestow on, present to, grant to, award to, decorate with, honor with, give to, endow with, extend to
2 [no object] Have discussions; exchange opinions: the officials were conferring with allies
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  • There on the road, the woman is conferring with Henry.
  • ‘After conferring with my colleagues, several of them asked me to run for chair,’ he said.
  • After conferring with flight controllers and three doctors who happened to be on board, the pilot decided to land in Newfoundland's capital.
consult, talk, speak, converse, have a chat, have a tête-à-tête, parley
informal have a confab, powwow



Pronunciation: /kənˈfərmənt/
sense 1.
Example sentences
  • But there are those who are hell-bent upon ensuring he is given perhaps even more credit than he deserves and I have a feeling the conferment of this honour won't be the last.
  • It was the conferment of the Honorary Freedom of the Borough.
  • The conferment of names upon space is one way in which space becomes place.


Pronunciation: /kənˈfərəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Blood lines have a beguiling authority not conferrable by votes of the city council.
  • Although some authors allege otherwise, moral status is not conferrable by persons on nonpersons; it either is or isn't present in a subject, regardless of whether others recognize it.


Pronunciation: /-ˈfərəl/
sense 1.
Example sentences
  • Colleges try to lure the media to conferrals by having headline names.
  • The Law Council does not accept such arguments and is vigorously opposed to the conferral on the prosecutorial authorities of such sweeping and arbitrary powers in the characterisation of offences and laying of charges.
  • ‘The convention requires the conferral of prisoner of war status unless a competent tribunal decides otherwise,’ the jurists' commission said.


Late Middle English (in the general sense 'bring together', also sense 2): from Latin conferre, from con- 'together' + ferre 'bring'.

  • refer from Late Middle English:

    Refer comes from Latin referre ‘carry back’, from re- ‘back’ and ferre ‘bring’. Referee dates from the early 17th century, but did not appear in sports contexts until the mid 19th century. Referre is also the source of mid 19th-century referendum from the Latin for ‘referring’. Ferre is the source of numerous words in English including confer ‘bring together’; defer ‘put to one side or away’, which shares an origin with differ; fertile ‘bearing’; and transfer ‘carry across’, all of which came into the language in the Late Middle English period.

Words that rhyme with confer

à deux, agent provocateur, astir, auteur, aver, bestir, blur, bon viveur, burr, Chandigarh, coiffeur, concur, connoisseur, cordon-bleu, cri de cœur, cur, danseur, Darfur, defer, demur, de rigueur, deter, entrepreneur, er, err, farceur, faute de mieux, fir, flâneur, Fleur, force majeure, fur, hauteur, her, infer, inter, jongleur, Kerr, littérateur, longueur, masseur, Monseigneur, monsieur, Montesquieu, Montreux, murre, myrrh, occur, pas de deux, Pasteur, per, pisteur, poseur, pot-au-feu, prefer, prie-dieu, pudeur, purr, raconteur, rapporteur, refer, répétiteur, restaurateur, saboteur, sabreur, seigneur, Sher, shirr, sir, skirr, slur, souteneur, spur, stir, tant mieux, transfer, Ur, vieux jeu, voyageur, voyeur, were, whirr

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Syllabification: con·fer

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